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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.

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. 

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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 shoot as many elk as possible.

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 I had learned from my range science exchanges that the scientists were taking representations of others at face value, never

Circle Ranch - Indian Cave Update

Interim Dig Report and Photos: February 8, 2010

From Lead Archeologist Javi Vasquez:   “I included several pictures of some of the cool stuff we’ve been finding in the cave. In addition to what you see here, we found a small corn cob fragment and a small arrow head. No ceramics have been found other than one sherd in the back of the

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.

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