Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Wildlife and Fisheries Science


Introduction: Those who are responsible for the management of antelope, range livestock, and the range seek to maintain such a balance that al may thrive and reproduce. This is inevitably a difficult objective since the balance in numbers of antelope and livestock may be changed annually, but range flora changes only in long-time cycles. Therefore, the balance between the wild and domestic species and the range must be adjusted frequently by range and livestock management. The adjustment of the number of domestic animals to fit the carrying capacity of the range may be accomplished by changing management and marketing practices but in the case of wild species it must be done by the regulator of hunting. The latter depends on the calculated carrying capacity of the range as determined by experts and the success of regulation depends on the education of the general public to such a knowledge and appreciation of the problem as will assure intelligent cooperation. The study reported in this paper was made to gain information that would give a basis for improved management of antelope and domestic species residing on a common range. Sagebrush is believed to be an important source of nutrients for antelope and, possibly, for sheep. It is know that antelope eat large quantities of it during the winter, and sheep also depend on it to some extent, particularly during severe winters. During periods of extensive drought, cattle, too, eat sagebrush. (See more in text)

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Sheep -- Feeding and feeds


Includes bibliographical references (pages 32)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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