Category: ELK CRISIS

Chris Gill to TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith on Elk Eradications

In December 2009 I learned that TPWD had been killing all elk at their Wildlife Management Areas. I wrote the Executive Director this letter.

Circle Ranch - Elk Crisis in West Texas

Department Personnel to Contact Regarding Elk Removals

Have something you want to say? See below on who to contact regarding elk removals in West Texas.

Survey of Far-West Texas Landowners & Managers Regarding Elk

Attitudes towards elk in far-West Texas are very positive, contrary to what elk-removal advocates say. In December, 2009 under Dr. Louis Harveson’s direction, Sul Ross State University completed a survey of 1743 West Texas landowners

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Request for Information

I was in Austin to meet Carter Smith. Following that meeting, I sent this letter.

Aoudad at Two Section, August 2009.

This is an Aoudad, or Barbary Sheep. 900 of these animals have been shot at Big Bend Park, from helicopters, by members of Texas Parks and Wildlife, some of whom are included in the ‘Contact’

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A Study of Elk Movements in The Glass Mountains

This recent study shows that elk are very mobile. The shooting of elk from one WMA will effect elk numbers across almost 1.8 million acres.

Big Bend Ranch State Park Bighorn Sheep Restoration Plan

The document below was provided to Circle Ranch by the Texas Department of Wildlife in August, 2008 in response to concerns about the culling of elk in the vicinity of our ranch.

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Elephant Mountain WMA Management Plan

Elephant Mountain WMA was given to, and accepted by, the Department for the purpose of increasing big game animals which at that time included elk, page 10.   The WMA’s primary goal is stated to be