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Today the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved statewide hunting and fishing regulations for the upcoming seasons. Commissioner Dick Scott explains what’s involved in making those decisions as well as a new partnership between Texas Game Wardens and the Boy Scouts of America Law Enforcement Explorers program. See the regulation announcements at http://bit.ly/TPWDNew. For information about the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meetings, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/feedback/meetings/
In a multi-year effort to boost mule deer populations in parts of Far West Texas, biologists are capturing and relocating female deer, or does, to help replenish herds after the drought of the 1990s. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. For more information on mule deer or other big game wildlife, visit http://www.facebook.com/TXBigGameProgram
At Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, a group of dedicated conservationists put their skills to work, building special rainwater catchment systems, aka “guzzlers.” These guzzlers were designed to provide water for bighorn sheep and any other animal looking for a drink in the desert. You may be wondering, "How did the bighorn survive historically without guzzlers?" Bighorn, as well as other wildlife that utilize guzzlers now, generally survived well without guzzlers. That is, the wildlife that inhabit arid environments have through time adapted to these dry environmental conditions. Wildlife species cope with the scarcity of water by making use of free-standing water (e.g. springs, seeps, tinajas, etc.) when available, as well as obtaining water from the plants they eat. This enables them to withstand several days without water. However, with changing land-use practices (e.g. irrigation farming), the water table has dropped in several areas causing flow reduction in some springs and completely drying out other springs and seeps. This effectively reduced the number of available free-standing water sources. Also, and as you might suspect, tinajas (i.e. natural water holding depressions typically found in canyons and rock slabs) only have water if it rains. Guzzlers are not a permanent source of water, but rather a temporary source which allows animals to get through short dry spells. You can view guzzlers as man-made tinajas, because much like tinajas, guzzlers also dry up if there is no rain.
In September 2014, Parks and Wildlife sunk the freighter Kinta off the coast of Corpus Christi to create an underwater habitat predicted to be teeming with marine life within a year. More about the Kinta: https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/print.phtml?req=20140918a Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TexasParksAndWildlifeArtificialReefProgram This is a Passport to Texas video: http://passporttotexas.org More Passport videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB236A4485ABB4A62
Renowned landscape photographer Jim Bones shares his love for the Big Bend region of Texas and the tragedy that almost cost him his vision. See the full story and more of Jim's photography in the April 2015 edition of Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine at http://www.tpwmagazine.com/
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