Category: ELK CRISIS

TPWD Habitat Survey at Circle Ranch

In late fall of 2010 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department conducted a habitat survey at Circle Ranch, to see if our many cattle and other species including so called “exotics” were harming habitat through “competition”.

Missouri and Virginia, Assisted by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), Undertake Elk Restorations

Missouri and Virginia are restoring elk.  Every state around Texas cherishes and helps its elk. Thousands of Texans go elk hunting in New Mexico, Colorado and other Western states every year. Even Mexico is restoring

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.

Elk Petroglyph, Dickens County, Texas

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

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

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.

Trophy Bull Elk at Circle Ranch

Trophy Bull Elk at Circle Ranch

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

Seasonal Water Hole (Tinaja)

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 why

Desert Bighorn Sheep

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.