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Oct. 20, 2020

Richland Chambers Reservoir Elevated to “Infested” with Invasive Zebra Mussels

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has upgraded Richland Chambers Reservoir southeast of Dallas to fully “infested” with invasive zebra mussels. Fully infested status signifies that there is an established, reproducing population in the lake. The status change is a result of recent sampling efforts that revealed new evidence of reproducing and growing populations of zebra mussels in the lake.

Wildlife Experts Encourage Bear Safety Amid Sporadic Sightings in Texas

AUSTIN — As occasional bear sightings continue to crop up in the west and southwestern portions of the state, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) encourages residents to practice bear safety as the likelihood of spotting a bear in a populated area increases. Black bears are native to Texas and are a part of our natural heritage and the Texas ecosystem.

Oct. 19, 2020

Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest to Benefit TPWD Arrives at Lake Fork Nov. 5-8

AUSTIN – The Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest (TBTF) is heading back to Lake Fork for the second year in a row, bringing world class bass fishing, shopping, and a variety of outdoor activities to Texas’ most iconic bass fishing lake. The event is scheduled for Nov. 5-8 and benefits the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Oct. 2, 2020

Game Warden Field Notes, Oct. 2, 2020

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

Sept. 30, 2020

TPWD Law Enforcement Offices Reopen to the Public

AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Law Enforcement office locations have now reopened to the public. Appointments are no longer required, except at the Austin Headquarters. Offices will be open during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sept. 29, 2020

Recent Weather Sets High Expectations for Archery-Only Season Opener

AUSTIN – Expectations are high for the archery hunting season opening day thanks to recent rain events, mild temperatures and reported deer movement throughout the state. The archery-only season opens on Oct. 3 and runs through Nov. 6.

Triploid Grass Carp Permit Application Goes Online

AUSTIN – On Oct. 5, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) debuts a new online permitting system for applications to stock triploid grass carp that eat and control a variety of over-abundant aquatic plants. The permitting system offers streamlined and improved features, and this is the first of several agency permits coming to the new online system.

Sept. 25, 2020

Giant Salvinia Rebounds on Lake Athens and Lake Gilmer

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) confirmed the resurgence of giant salvinia on Lake Athens and Lake Gilmer following surveys on each waterbody.

Sept. 22, 2020

Texas to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 26

AUSTIN – This Saturday, Sept. 26 is National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF), and Texas hunters and anglers are encouraged to invite others to join them in their outdoor adventures. Whether it is a child or grandchild, friend, co-worker, neighbor or someone completely new to hunting and fishing, recreating in the outdoors is a great way to bond over a new activity.

TPWD Asks for Public Input on Monarch Butterfly Conservation License Plate Design

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be launching a new conservation license plate to raise money to help conserve monarch butterflies and other native Texas, non-game, at-risk species. The public is invited to vote for their favorite design for the new monarch butterfly license plate through an online survey that is open until Oct.3.