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March 5, 2020

White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Bat in Texas

AUSTIN – For the first time, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists have confirmed the disease white-nose syndrome (WNS) in a Texas bat. Up until this point, while the fungus that causes the disease was previously detected in Texas in 2017, there were no signs of the disease it can cause. WNS has killed millions of hibernating bats in the eastern parts of the United States, raising national concern.

March 4, 2020

Balmorhea State Park Closure Extended to Summer 2020

TOYAHVALE— After careful consultation with onsite contractors, Balmorhea State Park’s closure has been extended to Summer 2020. The extended closure will allow contractors to continue diligently working towards completing the four major construction projects currently underway without compromising the visitors’ experience and safety.

March 2, 2020

Two Toyota ShareLunker Bass Caught on Leap Day Weekend

AUSTIN – If any superstitious anglers are wondering whether the Leap Day weekend is lucky or unlucky for catching the fish of a lifetime, two Texas bass anglers just made the answer very clear.

Feb. 27, 2020

Chronic Wasting Disease Discovered at Deer Breeding Facility in Kimble County

AUSTIN – Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered in a 5 ½-year-old white-tailed deer in a Kimble County deer breeding facility, marking the first positive detection of the disease in the county.

Feb. 26, 2020

TPWD Sets Public Scoping Meetings to Gather Input on Oyster Mariculture

AUSTIN– The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking public input on the draft proposed rules for the Texas cultivated oyster mariculture program.

Feb. 21, 2020

TPWD Seeking Public Input on Saltwater Fishing Regulation Proposals for 2020-2021

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is now accepting public comment on proposed changes to saltwater fishing regulations for 2020-2021. These changes are focused on the recreational and commercial flounder fishery and paddle craft licenses.

TPWD Seeking Public Input on Hunting Regulation Proposals for 2020-2021

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is now accepting public comment on proposed changes to hunting regulations for 2020-2021. The proposed changes include amending definitions, application requirements and conditions for pronghorn and antlerless mule deer permits; and specifying season dates and bag limits for the 2020-2021 migratory game bird seasons.

TPWD Seeking Public Input on Freshwater Fishing Regulation Proposals for 2020-2021

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is now accepting public comment on proposed changes to freshwater fishing regulations for 2020-2021. The proposed changes include modifying harvest regulations and gear restrictions at five water bodies located in Cooke, Williamson, Tom Green, Grayson and Starr/Zapata counties.

Feb. 14, 2020

Game Warden Field Notes, Feb. 14, 2020

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife law enforcement reports.

Feb. 11, 2020

Be Our Valentine! Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Texas State Park

AUSTIN— With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Texans are making plans with the special people in their lives. Bring your best two- or four-legged pal to a Texas State Park and experience Valentine’s Day in the outdoors.