Pronghorn Season Cancelled in ND Due to Low Population

From this story in the Bismarck Tribune:
This week pronghorn antelope hunters would have found out if their application for the gun season was successful. They weren't -- for any antelope hunter -- gun or bow. Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the department will not recommend a hunting season this fall because of back-to-back tough winters and subsequent poor reproduction. Kreil said department biologists recently completed their annual pronghorn population survey, which shows 37 percent fewer animals than last year and 50 percent fewer than 2008.

Bruce Stillings, the department's big game biologist in the Dickinson district, said the statewide estimate of pronghorns is down to 6,500. He said the numbers have been at more than 10,000 antelope since 2003, including two years when there were more than 15,000 animals. "Our numbers are declining with few yearlings observed due to poor production in 2009, which was the lowest documented on record, followed by last year's tough winter," Stillings said.

Reaction? How are pronghorn populations holding up in other western and plains states?