Tag: wildlife

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Uninvited Vultures Coexist with Animals at San Antonio Zoo

These vultures are neither “invasive” nor “invaders.” They’re just wild animals filling empty niches created by human impact. It’s nature’s way—and they should be left alone.

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California Condor Takes Flight in Wild After Near Extinction

The condor “once patrolled the sky from Mexico to British Columbia,” including far-West Texas. Perhaps someday soon they will again. While the majestic sight of a condor in flight makes it obvious why we should support national efforts to save endangered species, it is equally important to save less charismatic species because the web of

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Wildlife Crossings Get a Whole New Look

These structures can satisfy wildlife’s need to move across our Western ranges. They can also facilitate grazing.  Both are needed for habitat restoration and wildlife conservation.

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High Above, Drones Keep Watchful Eyes on Wildlife

We have found drones to be a useful management tool. However the simplicity of drones is greatly overestimated, especially the notion of flying them by video monitor at great distances from the operator.  

Stop Killing Coyotes

As repeatedly shown, predator “control” harms the species we seek to protect. In addition, there is the ethical issue of the control methods used, which true hunters would neither use, nor tolerate. NOTE: This post initially appeared on NYTimes.com on August 11, 2016

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Native Camels of North America

Are Camels Natives to North America? The question of whether llamas and camels are natives or exotics in North America exposes the many contradictions inherent in the phony science of invasive species “biology.” Millions of years ago the camel family – camelids –  evolved in North America, eventually dividing into at least three races. One

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13 Chronic Wasting Disease Cases Confirmed at Medina County Facility

All cases of CWD can be traced back to the Foothills Wildlife Research Station in Ft. Collins, a facility of the Colorado Department of Wildlife, in 1967. Agencies have closed ranks: It appears that amnesia has spread like CWD. No one seems to remember what was being done to the confined animals at the experimental

Predicting for the Return of West Texas Black Bears

Black Bears were once so numerous in West Texas that is was possible to shoot several per day.  As late as the 1930’s there were 200 black bear in the Davis Mountains alone.  These animals were an integral part of an ecological system which supported far more animal numbers and animal species like elk, deer,

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”.  As confirmed by this report, TPWD biologists found the opposite to be true. It turns out that biodiversity and high

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Turkey in Wood Canyon, December 17, 2006

We conducted three years of releases.  These birds were from a small first release conducted in winter 2005.