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Dec. 1, 2023

Official Media Advisory: Public Meetings in Panhandle to Discuss Assistance Programs Aiding in Preservation of Texas Kangaroo Rat

Chronic Wasting Disease Detected at Kerr Wildlife Management Area Captive Deer Research Facility

AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists have reported a suspect-positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a 14-month-old captive male white-tailed deer at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area (WMA) research facility.  The detection resulted from ante-mortem testing conducted on all captive white-tailed deer as part of ongoing research. Samples from the buck were sent to the National Veterinary Service Laboratory in Iowa for confirmation.

Ring in the Holidays with Texas State Parks

AUSTIN – Texas State Parks is kicking off the holiday season with close to 100 special seasonal activities happening across the state. Visitors of all ages can enjoy themed guided walks, crafting events, educational opportunities and more.

Nov. 30, 2023

RACA Program Adds New Sites for Public Fishing, Paddling Access

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) expanded public fishing and paddling opportunities on the Brazos and Colorado rivers thanks to three new leased river access sites through the River Access and Conservation Area (RACA) program.

Texans Encouraged to Practice Bear Safety

AUSTIN — With winter quickly approaching, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) encourages residents in the western, southwestern and northeastern portions of Texas to practice appropriate bear safety measures and report sightings.

Nov. 29, 2023

Public Access Lease Opening for Guadalupe River Trout Fishing

AUSTIN – Texas anglers have access to a premier location for rainbow trout fishing during the peak of the winter stocking season thanks to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) “no fee” access lease on the Guadalupe River.

Nov. 22, 2023

Parques y Vida Silvestre de Texas cierra el área de cosecha de ostras TX-1 en la Bahía de Galveston

AUSTIN – El Departamento de Parques y Vida Silvestre de Texas (TPWD, por sus siglas en inglés) cerrará TX-1 y TX-5 en la Bahía de Galveston a la cosecha comercial y recreativa de ostras a partir de las 12:01 a.m. del 27 de noviembre de 2023.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Closing Oyster Harvest Areas in Galveston Bay

AUSTIN – Based on recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)-collected samples showing low abundance of legal-sized oysters, beginning 12:01 a.m. Nov. 27, TPWD will close TX-1 and TX-5 in Galveston Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest.

Nov. 21, 2023

Hunters Reminded to Report Their Harvest During Upcoming Antlerless Season

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reminds hunters to report their harvest during the upcoming antlerless deer season, Nov. 23-26.

Celebrate Texas State Parks’ Centennial with Official Ornament

AUSTIN – Add a piece of park history to your Christmas tree this year and help Texas State Parks continue its 100-year celebration with a 2023 Texas State Park ornament.