By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
Saiga antelope have been dealt another blow. More than 900 in Mongolia have died from a virus infection. At one point when saiga were hunted in Asia, their numbers were estimated at 1.25 million. In 2015 we reported on a Pasteurella
bacterial outbreak in Kazakhstan, which wiped out 200,000 of the antelope. While the current disease is caused by a different pathogen, the result is the same: mass mortality and the risk of losing the entire population.
Because saiga are highly migratory, wildlife officials are worried that the disease will be spread on the winter range and multiple herds will be affected....