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NEWS ALERT
“Promoting Conservation through Commerce”

 

 

  
     
Medina County Elk Tests Positive for
Chronic Wasting Disease

 

 
This update provided by the Texas Animal Health Commission
Austin, TX – Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease(CWD) in an elk located within the South-Central Texas CWD Zone. The elk was harvested on a high-fenced premises with common management as a property where white-tailed deer were previously confirmed to have CWD.
This case was detected as part of the ranch’s herd management plan, which was developed by TAHC to assess the ranch’s risk of CWD.

CWD has been found in free-ranging elk across the United States, including New Mexico and Colorado. This is the second known elk in Texas to test positive for CWD. The first CWD positive elk in Texas was a free-ranging elk harvested in Dallam County on December 6, 2016.

Due to CWD being found in white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk, TAHC established movement and surveillance requirements for exotics in CWD Zones and statewide on May 30, 2017. Statewide surveillance requires all eligible mortalities of exotic CWD susceptible species be tested until such time that three animals are tested. Please note that for CWD Surveillance and Containment Zones, all exotic CWD susceptible species hunter harvested must be tested.
To learn more about the TAHC exotic CWD susceptible species statewide surveillance and movement requirements, visit
http://www.tahc.texas.gov/news/2017/2017-05-30_CommissionMeeting.pdf.
 
Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025

Meet Jim “Antlerman” Phillips, The Man Who Collected 16,000 Shed Antlers

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Meet Jim “Antlerman” Phillips, The Man Who Collected 16,000 Shed Antlers

For over 60 years, Jim Phillips has searched Montana’s countryside high and low looking for shed antlers. Now, with his collection eclipsing 16,000 antlers, Jim is simply known as “Antlerman.”

Residing in Three Forks, Montana, where shed antlers seemingly fall like rain, Jim saysantler hunting has been in his blood since he found his first set of elk antlers when he was 10 years old.

Since then, Jim had to build a separate building off of his house just to store all of his shed finds – and it looks like something out of a shed hunter’s dream!

Take a look at the video to take a tour through his antler shed:

For more awe-inducing photos, hop on over to Jim’s website where he has over 350 pictures of his impressive collection. If you’re like Jim, and see antlers as an art form, we apologize for everything you don’t get done while you’re engulfed in these shed antler images:

 

A magnificent sight as the florescent light fills the room.

Image courtesy Antlerman

 

Shed antlers line the walk-ways throughout the entire room. . .

Image courtesy Antlerman
Image courtesy Antlerman

Awesome stuff!

Image courtesy Antlerman

 

 

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BREAKING NEWS : Done Deal: Bass Pro Completes $4 Billion Acquisition of Cabela’s

BREAKING NEWS :

Done Deal: Bass Pro Completes $4 Billion Acquisition of Cabela’s

The $4 billion acquisition has been years in the making, so we expect the process to go very smoothly. As of right now, no stores will be closing and things should remain mostly the same for shoppers with some noticeable improvements listed below. What’s less certain is the fate of the 2,000 or so employees at Cabela’s Sidney, Nebraska, headquarters. Bass Pro stated they expect to move operations to Missouri, but they might keep some employees in Nebraska.

Here is a list of answers Cabela’s has provided to their anxious customers. Many of these actually seem much better for the consumer.

What are the customer benefits of uniting these companies?

This is an opportunity to create a “best of the best” shopping experience for all outdoor enthusiasts worldwide for generations to come. Bringing together these two great companies will advance our impact on the future of conservation like never before while protecting the outdoor heritage we all hold dear. We plan to retain and grow everything customers love about both brands.

Will the company’s name change?

We will continue celebrating and promoting both the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s brands as we bring our two great companies together.

Will Bass Pro Shops gift cards be honored at Cabela’s locations and vice versa?

Customers can exchange a Bass Pro Shops gift card to a Cabela’s gift card for an equal amount and vice versa. Gift cards are exchanged at the customer service counter in either store or by contacting our online customer service centers. To exchange a Cabela’s gift card that you would like to use at Bass Pro Shops, call 1-800-211-6440 to have it exchanged. To exchange a Bass Pro Shops gift card that you would like to use at Cabela’s, call 1-800-237-4444 to have it exchanged. We are working to improve this process moving forward.

Will I be able to return Cabela’s purchases to Bass Pro Shops locations and vice versa?

Yes, Cabela’s purchases can be returned to our customer service counters at Bass Pro Shops and vice versa or by contacting our online customer service centers.

Will existing exclusive brands and products still be available at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s?

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have strong national proprietary brands in several categories. Our goal is to continue developing and growing our brands to ensure we provide the same exceptional quality, service and value that customers have come to know and trust from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s exclusive products.

Will Cabela’s CLUB Visa cardholders earn points at Bass Pro Shops locations?

Yes, Cabela’s CLUB Visa holders will earn 1% back on all purchases made at Bass Pro Shops and all locations that accept Visa. In addition, Cabela’s CLUB Visa members will still earn 2%, 3% or 5% back on qualifying purchases at all Cabela’s locations, earning points for free gear and incredible outdoor experiences. We are working on solutions to better connect the programs.

Will Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards Mastercard cardholders earn points at Cabela’s locations?

Yes, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards Mastercard holders will earn 1% back on all purchases made at Cabela’s and all locations that accept Mastercard. In addition, you will still earn 3% or 5% back on qualifying purchases at all Bass Pro Shops locations, earning points for free gear and unique experiences. We are working on solutions to better connect the programs.

 

Here’s a video Cabela’s released to explain the sale, and you can read more about the transition here

Hurricane Hawk Seeks Refuge in Houston Taxi

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Hurricane Hawk Seeks Refuge in Houston Taxi

Houston cab driver William Bruso made a series of 10 videos on YouTube after gaining the winged sidekick, who he says refused to leave after hopping in his car on Friday.

Apparently, Bruso was stocking up on some survival supplies ahead of the catastrophic storm, when he returned to his vehicle to find the bird starring back at him from the passenger seat.

Here’s the first of 10 videos:

It was inevitable that this bird of prey refugee earned the nickname “Harvey the Hurricane Hawk” from Bruso, and the name seemed to stick after people started seeing the videos.

Eventually, an officer with the Texas Wildlife Rehab Coalition (TWRC) came to retrieve the hawk, because it’s a wild animal and needs professional care. Bruso posted the last video with the title: “FINAL UPDATE! Sgnt Harvey is in GREAT hands now!”

Anglers Use Dead Friend as Bait to Catch 180-Pound Monster Carp

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Anglers Use Dead Friend as Bait to Catch 180-Pound Monster Carp

A trio of best friends had plans set in place to go on a fishing trip to Thailand, until one of them, Ron Hopper, 64, tragically died of cancer. The two friends, grieving the loss of their fishing buddy, decided to go on the fishing trip, and honor their late friend by granting his dying wish.

Paul Fairbass and Cliff Dale, both 65, traveled to Thailand together with one goal: catch a monster carp using their dead friend as bait.

According to The Express, the idea was born just a few days before Mr. Hopper passed. Mr. Fairbrass was apparently visiting Hopper in the hospital, when he requested that his fishing buddies go to Thailand and scatter his ashes around the lake they previously visited for another fishing trip.

“I told him we would do one better that that, and turn him into boilies (a special bait mix used to attract fish) and catch a big fish with them,” Fairbrass stated. “He just cracked up and said it was a brilliant idea,” he continued.

Dead Friend

The unusual blend worked pretty well, however, as the two anglers landed a whopping 180-pound Siamese carp – one of the largest species of carp in the world.

“We were gutted that Ron couldn’t come on the trip with us, because he was really looking forward to it, but he was definitely with us when we caught that fish.”

Cliff Dale added, “I’m not a religious person, but it felt spiritual, it felt like Ron was right there with us.”

“After we caught that fish, I looked to the heavens and said ‘thank you, Ron.’”

We hear a lot of stories come from the outdoors, but this was definitely one of the most bizarre we’ve heard in a long time. We give these anglers two thumbs up for honoring their best friend in such a cool way. What are real friends for anyway?

Good fishing fellas! Take a look at their legendary catch in the video below:

Rabid Deer Discovered Leaves Experts Puzzled

NEWS | 

Rabid Deer Discovered Leaves Experts Puzzled

The disease is far from ordinary to see in deer, and even experts can only speculate as to how the disease was contracted.

“We’re not certain how it was contracted,” said Fairley Mahlum, spokeswoman for N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “It’s possible that it might have been eating a pile of corn and was bitten by a rabid raccoon. Rabies has to be contracted by saliva. But we don’t know for sure.”

Rabies, along with chronic wasting disease (CWD), can come with a myriad of similar symptoms in affected deer. The wildlife commission has already received several reports of deer having trouble standing up, no fear of humans, and a serious lack of coordination.

According to Citizen-Times, biologists collected and tested multiple animals for rabies, including two deer, only one of which with alopecia (loss of hair) tested positive for rabies.

Rabies can affect all mammals, including humans, however deer rarely get tested for the disease simply because there generally isn’t a reason to believe they’ve been infected. Symptoms can include lethargy, loss of balance, unexplained aggressiveness and eye or nose discharge.

Deer hunters should take the following measures to prevent contracting the disease:

  • Do not handle or eat any animal that is acting abnormal or appears to be sick.
  • Wear latex or rubber gloves when field dressing.
  • Minimize the handling of the brain and spinal cord.
  • Do not allow pets around field dressing area to prevent contact with blood and other tissues.
  • Wash hands, boots and instruments thoroughly after completing field dressing.
  • If you have your deer commercially processed, request your animal is processed individually and without meat from other animals.
  • Use proper cooking temperatures to ensure safe food.

Texans Urged to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 23

Texans Urged to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday, Sept. 23

AUSTIN – National Hunting and Fishing Day, an annual celebration of the contributions hunters and anglers make in conserving and protecting the nation’s wild resources, is set for Saturday, Sept. 23.

Congress established National Hunting and Fishing Day to recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. Since launching in 1971, the day has been formally proclaimed by every U.S. president and countless governors and mayors.

In proclaiming National Hunting and Fishing Day in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said, “At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about and participate in our time-honored traditions of hunting and angling and recognize the ecological, cultural, and economic benefits they provide.”

“Texas’ rich hunting and fishing heritage needs no introduction, but there are those among us who have not had the opportunity to experience our state’s great natural bounties firsthand,” said Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director. “As we celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day in Texas, I encourage each of you to take a friend, family member or co-worker fishing or hunting so they, too, can become part of our strong outdoor community of conservationists.”

Led by sportsman President Theodore Roosevelt, early conservationists urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment to provide funds for state conservation agencies. These actions were the foundation of the North American wildlife conservation model, a science-based, user-pay system that would foster the most dramatic conservation successes of all time.

Each year sportsmen and women are funding more projects that enable more public access areas to be open. Through license sales and excise taxes on equipment, hunters and anglers pay for most fish and wildlife conservation programs. On average, hunters spend $1,638 every year on the sport. Portions of these funds are allocated to support conservation.

This year, NASCAR legend Richard Childress has been selected to serve as the honorary chairman for National Hunting and Fishing Day. Childress, a 2017 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing, a world-class high performance auto racing team based in Welcome, North Carolina.

For more information, visit www.nhfday.org .

Texas Parks and Wildlife

If you love hunting and fishing, pass on the heritage this Saturday on National Hunting and Fishing Day

This annual celebration of hunting and fishing is the perfect opportunity to introduce someone to hunting, fishing or target shooting.

Find a place to enjoy the outdoors here:

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2ND ANNUAL TDA DOVE HUNT

SEPTEMBER, 2017

2017 WED 27 SEP 2ND ANNUAL TDA DOVE HUNT 1:00 am – 1:00 am G5 Ranch, Dilley, TX United StatesEvent Organized By: Texas Deer Association

TIME

(Wednesday) 1:00 am – 1:00 am

LOCATION

G5 Ranch

Dilley, TX United States

ORGANIZER

Texas Deer Association512-499-0466

Hurricane Harvey Washes Up Fanged Sea Creature on Texas Beach

It washed up on a beach in Texas City, and that’s how Preeti Desai came across the decaying fish. She snapped a few photos and then turned to Twitter for help identifying this beastly looking creature.

Her post read: “Okay, biology Twitter, what the heck is this?”

Her tweet request reportedly reached biologist and eel specialist, Dr. Kenneth Tighe, who identified it as a fangtooth snake-eel.

As if we really needed another reason to avoid the ocean, but thanks for this little toothy reminder anyway, Harvey!

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Coyote Hit by Car, Embedded in Grill and SURVIVED

Coyote Hit by Car, Embedded in Grill and SURVIVED

When Georgie Knox of Airdrie, Canada hit a coyote on his way to work one morning, he assumed by the crunching sound he heard, that he had killed it.

What he certainly didn’t expect, is what happened at a stop light, many miles after crossing paths with the animal.

Approximately 30 minutes later and around 20.9 miles down the road, Knox got a tip from a construction woman that there was a coyote embedded in his car. In his Facebook post, Knox says he got out to look for himself, and saw the coyote looking up and blinking at him.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife was notified right away, and they came to rescue him.

Somehow, the animal was freed and suffered only minor injuries despite being hit by a car and hitching a ride all the way from Airdrie to Calgary on the highway!

Have a look at the wily creature in the Facebook post below:

GET YOUR PROXY BID IN FIRST! We have 46 Auctions ending today!!!!!

GET YOUR PROXY BID IN FIRST! We have 46 Auctions ending today!!!!!
This is an AWESOME day for all of our WLB Sellers and Buyers!!!!

Wildlife Buyer has over 45 auctions ending right after lunch today!  We are setting NEW RECORDS this week thanks to all of our Sellers, Buyers and Bidders! Remember the easiest way to bid is to place your highest bid (PROXY BID). Log in now and check out all of the auctions we have for you!

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NEW RECORD FOR WLB!

WOW!!!! Wildlife Buyer has OVER 100 ANIMALS listed on the auction site!!!
Good Morning Wildlife Buyer Friends!

We are excited to tell you that we have set a NEW RECORD!!! Today Wildlife Buyer has OVER 100 animals listed on the auction site. 12 auctions will end right after lunch. There are so many different types of species to buy! Stock your ranch today with some amazing animals. 

You cant find better animals, or services, than right here!!!
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Nongame, Exotic, Endangered, Threatened & Protected Species

Nongame, Exotic, Endangered, Threatened & Protected Species

Valid Sep. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2018.

Nongame Animals

Includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Armadillos
  • Bobcats
  • Coyotes
  • Flying squirrels
  • Frogs
  • Ground squirrels
  • Mountain lions
  • Porcupines
  • Prairie dogs
  • Rabbits
  • Turtles
  • Does not include feral hog (see Exotic Animals and Fowl).
  • No closed season. These animals may be hunted at any time by any lawful means or methods on private property. Public hunting lands may have restrictions. A hunting license is required.
  • ARMADILLOS: Possession and sale of live armadillos is unlawful.
  • BOBCAT pelts sold, purchased, traded, transported or shipped out of state must have a pelt tag (CITES) attached. A pelt tag must be attached prior to being transported or shipped out of this state. Pelt tags may be obtained from any permitted bobcat pelt dealer, or TPWD Regional & Field Law Enforcement Offices. For additional information contact TPWD (800) 792-1112, menu 7, option 9 or (512) 389-4481.
  • Live COYOTES are currently under a statewide rabies quarantine that prohibits them from being transported or sold in Texas (see exceptions). For information on the rabies quarantine, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Infectious Disease Control Unit Web site.
  • No person may possess a diamondback terrapin at any time.
  • No person may hunt (capture, trap, take, or kill) any wild animal or wild bird on a public road or the right-of-way of a public road, except that a person may capture indigenous reptiles and amphibians on the shoulder or unpaved right-of-way of a public roadway, provided that:
    • the person possesses a valid Reptile and Amphibian Stamp,
    • the person employs non-lethal means only to capture the reptiles or amphibians,
    • the person does not possess a trap, and
    • the person is visibly wearing at least 144 square inches of reflective material, both front and back.
  • No person may use artificial light from a motor vehicle to locate, capture, or attempt to capture a reptile or amphibian.

Possession and Sale of Certain Nongame Wildlife

  • The take of any nongame species for commercial purposes (sale, offer for sale, barter, or exchange) from public lands or waters is unlawful.
  • Provided the appropriate permit has been obtained, red-eared slider, common snapping turtle, and softshell turtle may be taken from private water for commercial purposes; however, the take or possession of any other species of turtle for commercial activity is unlawful.
  • Many species of nongame wildlife may be sold, offered for sale, bartered, or exchanged, provided the proper nongame permit has been obtained from TPWD and all reporting and recordkeeping requirements are met; however, the collection from the wild, sale, offer for sale, or exchange of certain species of nongame wildlife is unlawful.
  • A landowner or landowner’s agent may kill any nongame wildlife other than protected birds and threatened or endangered species (see below) at any time in any number, provided the wildlife is not taken into possession or used in a commercial activity.

For more information on nongame regulations, permit requirements, and lists of lawful and prohibited species, contact TPWD at (800) 792-1112, menu 7 or (512) 389-4481 or go to Nongame Permits.

Exotic Animals and Fowl

An exotic animal is any animal that is not indigenous to Texas, including but not limited to feral hog, Russian boar, aoudad sheep, axis deer, elk, sika deer, fallow deer, red deer, and blackbuck and nilgai antelope. An exotic fowl is any avian species that is not indigenous to this state, including ratites (emu, ostrich, rhea, cassowary, etc.).

There are no state bag or possession limits or closed seasons on exotic animals or fowl on private property. It is against the law to:

  • Hunt an exotic without a valid hunting license.
  • Hunt an exotic on a public road or right-of-way.
  • Hunt an exotic without the landowner’s permission.
  • Possess an exotic or the carcass of an exotic without the owner’s consent.

 

Penalty: A person who violates these laws commits an offense. Hunting exotic wildlife without a license is a Class C misdemeanor ($25-$500 fine). The remaining listed offenses are Class A misdemeanors ($500-$4,000 and/or up to one year in jail).

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) regulates the movement of feral swine for disease-control purposes. For more information please call TAHC at (800) 550-8242 or visit the TAHC Web site.

“Canned Hunts” (Dangerous Wild Animals)

No person may kill or attempt to injure a dangerous wild animal (African or Asiatic lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah, hyena, bear, elephant, wolf, or rhinoceros, or any subspecies or hybrid of these animals) that is held in captivity in this state or that is released from captivity in this state for the purpose of being killed, nor may any person conduct, promote, advertise, or assist in the hunting of a dangerous wild animal.

Endangered, Threatened and
Other Protected Nongame Species

It is unlawful for any person to hunt (see Definitions – Hunt) threatened, endangered, or protected nongame species. To sell or purchase goods made from threatened or endangered species, proper documentation must accompany the goods. For a complete list of threatened and endangered species, and regulations relating to breeding threatened and endangered species, please call (800) 792-1112 (menu 5).

  • Protected Birds: Hawks, owls, eagles, and all other nongame birds and songbirds (except for the few unprotected birds listed below) are protected by various state and federal laws and may not be killed, taken from the nest, picked up, or possessed for any reason, and their feathers may not be possessed or sold. Arts and crafts may not include these protected species under any circumstances.
  • Unprotected Birds:
    • The only birds not protected by any state or federal law are European starlingsEnglish sparrowsferal rock doves(common pigeon, Columba livia) and Eurasian collared-doves; these species may be killed at any time, their nests or eggs destroyed, and their feathers may be possessed.
    • Yellow-headed, red-winged, rusty, or Brewer’s blackbirds and all gracklescowbirds (does not include cattle egret), crows, or magpies may be controlled without a federal or state depredation permit when found committing or about to commit depredations on ornamental or shade trees, agricultural crops, livestock, or wildlife, or when concentrated in numbers and in a manner that constitutes a health hazard or other nuisance.
  • Bats: May not be hunted, killed, possessed, purchased or sold; however, bats may be moved, trapped, or killed if inside or on a building occupied by people. A person may transport a bat for the purpose of laboratory testing if there is a rabies concern.

Black Bears and Mountain Lions

Black bears are protected and cannot be hunted or killed. Mountain lions are not protected and can be harvested at any time. Please report black bear sightings or mortalities, and mountain lion sightings, harvests, or mortalities to (512) 389-4505.

Controlled Exotic Snakes

It is unlawful (Class C misdemeanor) for any person, regardless of age, to possess certain nonindigenous snakes for commercial (Type 581) or recreational (Type 580) purposes if that person has not obtained a TPWD controlled exotic snake permit for that purpose. A controlled exotic snake is any species of venomous snakes not indigenous to Texas; African rock python (Python sebae); Asiatic rock python (Python molurus); green anaconda (Eunectes murinus); reticulated python (Python reticulatus); southern African python (Python natalensis), and includes ANY hybrid of these species. Permits may be purchased anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold. In addition, it is unlawful (Class A misdemeanor) to intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence release or allow the release from captivity of any of these snakes. Snakes possessed without the necessary permit may be seized, removed, and disposed of at the cost of the person possessing the snakes. Controlled exotic snakes are regulated under Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 43, Subchapter V, which may be enforced by any licensed Texas peace officer. For further information, call (800) 792-1112 (menu 7) or visit Frequently Asked Questions on Controlled Exotic Snakes.

Displaced Wildlife Show Up as Harvey Flood Waters Recede

Displaced Wildlife Show Up as Harvey Flood Waters Recede

Use Extreme Caution When Clearing Debris

AUSTIN – As flood waters from Harvey recede and those affected begin to sort through the damage left in the wake of the storm, biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department say encounters with various wildlife are to be expected.

“People should be aware that snakes and other wildlife, including skunks and raccoons, may approach or enter yards and houses seeking cover or higher ground,” said John Davis, TPWD Wildlife Diversity program director. “Over time, displaced wildlife will return to their usual habitats.”

Common sense precautions should be practiced; be aware that snakes and other animals may seek shelter in debris piles and caution should be used during cleanup efforts. Houston is home to diverse wildlife that go into people’s homes and yards 365 days a year regardless of rain, wind, and flood, so displaced alligators, snakes, bats, deer, and snapping turtles are something that Houstonians are used to seeing.

“A snake in the yard is not a cause for panic,” he says. “They don’t want to be there, either, and if left alone will usually leave on their own. You’re more likely to come upon a skunk, a mound of fire ants or a wasp nest in a brush pile than a venomous snake. If you do have an encounter with a problem snake, seek help from local animal control or licensed snake removal experts.”

During floods, alligators may disperse into areas where they aren’t normally observed, according to Jonathan Warner, TPWD Alligator Program Leader. He offers the following advice for encounters with alligators:

“Alligators are wary of people but keep your distance,” said Warner. “Never approach, harass or feed an alligator. When water levels recede, the alligator will likely disappear as well.”

Gators are critical to the health and balance of aquatic ecosystems in southeast Texas. They’re also a protected game species.

Davis said it may be some time before short term and long term impacts to wildlife as a result of the storm can be assessed, but stress that wildlife populations are fairly resilient. “These species evolved with hurricanes and floods, so they will recover.”

While emergency rescue operations are active, wildlife experts are urging the public to focus on helping people and reporting dangerous conditions of our neighborhoods rather than reporting displaced wildlife. Dispatch teams and hotlines are being used to coordinate emergency first responders. Wildlife, in the meantime, are equipped by nature to take care of themselves in most situations.

Tips and precautions about encounters with wildlife are available online at http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/rehab/orphan/.

TPWD wildlife biologists remind private landowners across the state of federal farm program benefits through the Texas Farm Service Agency that may be available to help eligible ranchers and farmers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding. For more information on disaster assistance programs and loans visit www.fsa.usda.gov/ or contact your local FSA Office. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

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