Was a batch of 5 antilopine kangaroos released in the Wyoming outdoors by the Wyoming Wild Game Department so they could later be used for hunting? A story that said as much went viral again on April 1, 2018 but it was just a copy pasted version of an April Fools' Day hoax that ran last year so it still wasn't true this year.
(Dubois, Wyo) - The Wyoming Wild Game Department (WWGD) partnering with the Wyoming Migration Initiative (WMI) have released the first of 5 planned batches of 90 Antilopine Kangaroos into the Wyoming outdoors.
Dubbed "Project Sage Hopper" by the WWGD team responsible for evaluating the viability of Wyoming's habitat for Australian marsupials, it has been in the planning stages for 3 years. The goal is two-fold: Create new and interesting wildlife viewing opportunities for tourists, and in several years, potentially provide additional hunting opportunities.
"Antilopine means 'antelope-like, so we are interested to see how these kangaroos adapt to Wyoming's wild landscapes," WMI Director Matt Kauffman said. "If they start migrating, we'll be tracking their movements, looking to see how they learn to exploit the sage steppe and the mountains, where they 'hopover,' those sorts of things."
The story was an exact copy of this County10 story from last year:
(Dubois, Wyo) - The Wyoming Wild Game Department (WWGD) partnering with the Wyoming Migration Initiative (WMI) have released the first of 5 planned batches of 90 Antilopine Kangaroos into the Wyoming outdoors. Dubbed "Project Sage Hopper" by the WWGD team responsible for ...
That story was later updated with a big link that simply read
and which directed visitors to a page with reactions about the prank.
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