South Texas Wildlife Management
Wildlife Management Areas
Three state-owned (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
wildlife management areas in South Texas are under intensive management
programs, where natural resource conservation is the focus. These wildlife
management areas, Chaparral, James
E. Daughtrey, and Las
Palomas WMA, are used
as demonstration sites, where the benefits of active management are witnessed,
leaving a positive impact on a larger
Results from research conducted on the wildlife management areas, particularly the Chaparral and Daughtrey WMAs, overwhelmingly indicate that a holistic approach to wildlife management is exceedingly beneficial to the ecosystem. These areas implement rotational grazing systems, prescribed burning, mechancial brush treatments, and controlled hunting to develop and maintain healthy ecosystems.
Following are the primary goals of South Texas Management Areas:
- To develop and manage wildlife habitats and populations of indigenous wildlife
- To provide a site where research of wildlife populations and habitat can be
conducted under controlled conditions.
- To provide areas to demonstrate habitat development and wildlife management
practices to landowners and other interested groups.
- To provide natural environments for use by educational groups, naturalists,
and other professional biological investigators.
- To protect populations of endangered, threatened, or migratory wildlife and
protected plant species and related habitats.
- To provide public hunting and appreciative use of wildlife in a manner compatible
with the resource.