Category: ELK CRISIS

Circle Ranch is a 'Sky Island'

Circle Ranch is a ‘Sky Island’

The Sierra Diablo range rises one-half mile above the Chihuahuan Desert floor in Hudspeth County Texas, 40 miles below the New Mexico line. It is well within the theoretical range of Guadalupe Mountain elk.

Big Bend Sentinel – “Landowner Locks Horns” Article

Big Bend Sentinel – “Landowner Locks Horns” Article

This family of immature elk bulls, cows and calves will, or may already have been, shot-on-sight on any TPWD property in far-West Texas

Black Gap WMA Management Plan

Black Gap WMA Management Plan

The primary objective of this Wildlife Management Area, stated at page 24 in the document below, is to restore indigenous species. The elk removal policy is found at page 26, #7: elk will be controlled

Texas Wildlife Association to Big Bend National Park Managers Opposing Proposed Elk Removals

Texas Wildlife Association to Big Bend National Park Managers Opposing Proposed Elk Removals

Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), a property, wildlife, and hunting rights advocacy group which represents 35 million acres across Texas, expressed its objections to proposed elk trapping-removals at The Big Bend National Park. 

TPWD Executive Director’s Response

TPWD Executive Director’s Response

I found the Executive Director to be very likable.  This letter is gracious.  Needless to say I was very disappointed that the Department continues to say that it will go on with its plan to

Chris Gill to TPWD Executive Director on Elk Eradications

Chris Gill to TPWD Executive Director on Elk Eradications

Carter Smith was considering my December letter when a mutual friend arranged for us to have lunch. I wrote Carter afterwards and asked him to personally read the literature concerning whether elk are natives, because

Chris Gill to TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith on Elk Eradications

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.

Department Personnel to Contact Regarding Elk Removals

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

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

Request for Information

Request for Information

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