Tag: Elk Removals

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.

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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

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 (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