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Pronghorn in the Mountains

Pronghorn in the mountains.

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Bighorn Hunters

Hunters in the high mountains.

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Desert Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn in the mountains.

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Quail and Wildlife Waterer

Circle has over 100 of these small-animal waterers.  They are made by Surber Tank Company, Odessa, Texas.  The internal valve is 3/4,” brass.  It holds about 3 gallons.  The tank must be maintained very full even though animals can walk down the ramp: quail prefer it full.

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Desert Big Horn 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 Circle Ranch Herd Moving to New Pasture

According to the Authors and Sponsors of Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer,  running cattle according to the principles of Holistic Planned Grazing, as shown here, in large numbers, for very short times in any place, followed by very long recovery periods in which there is no grazing, harms plants and water function.

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 harmed by the presence of elk and cattle  is contradicted by the fact that for hundreds of thousands of years

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 on Circle Ranch’s efforts to get TPWD to stop its effort to eradicate elk across its far- West Texas properties.

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 to the lowest number possible. Not managed: eliminated.

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