Category: ELK CRISIS

Sierra Diablo Management Plan Containing Comments from Christopher Gill

Cooperation: This satellite photograph (below, not above) shows the Sierra Diablo Wildlife Management Area outlined in black, and Circle Ranch in red.  Circle is triple the size of the WMA.

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More Proof That Elk Were Native to Texas

My brother Richardson B. Gill holds a doctorate in anthropology and is a leading authority on the collapse of the Maya civilization. He sent me the picture below and comment:

Additional Proof Elk Are Native to Texas

Here in this post (below) is a paper on an elk bone found in a Texas riverbank in 1993. This evidence is part of a mass of evidence uncovered since the V. Bailey conclusion of

Christopher Gill to Editor of Big Bend Sentinel on Elk Removals by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

I felt that several comments made by TPWD Executive Director, Carter Smith, defending elk removals, needed rebuttal. NOTE: The text of a letter to the editor appears in this post.  A PDF of the actual

Circle Ranch - Cows and Elk

Trophy Bull Elk at Circle Ranch

Bulls of this size bring $10,000 or more.

Seasonal Water Hole (Tinaja)

Tinajas are basins in watercourses that fill with water during seasonal rainstorms.  Some are very large.  Even where there are no year-round springs, water can be abundant during some times of year.   This is

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Circle Ranch has growing numbers of these native animals in combination with elk, pronghorn, mule deer and on occasion 1000 cattle which we use as a substitute for bison.   The idea that sheep are

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

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   On May 18, 2010, the Big Bend Sentinel ran a story