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May 17, 2004

Cinco De Mayo Draws 3,000 to Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS, Texas — Six-inch rains struck East Texas on Saturday, May 1, but that did not deter crowds from flooding into the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Stay Tuned, May 17, 2004

Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.

May 10, 2004

Budweiser Sharelunker Program Draws 15 Entries

ATHENS, Texas — The Budweiser ShareLunker season ended April 30 with a total of 15 largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more entered into the program.

Falcon Lake Benefits From Flooding in Mexico, Rains in South Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — The floodwaters that devastated Piedras Negras, Mexico, April 4-5 had quite the opposite effect on the International Falcon Reservoir downstream.

Gulf Shrimp Season To Close May 15

AUSTIN, Texas—The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both state and federal waters will close 30 minutes after sunset on May 15 until an unspecified time in July.

Kids To Ride Free This Summer at Texas State Railroad

RUSK, Texas — Parents looking to offset higher gasoline prices expected at the pump during summer vacation months and rising entertainment costs should consider taking their youngsters to ride the Texas State Railroad through the Piney Woods.

Game Warden Named ’Officer of the Year’ for First Time in Central Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Attorney General Greg Abbott presented Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Turk Jones with the 100 Club of Central Texas’ ’Officer of the Year’ Award at a banquet here Wednesday night.

TPWD Honors Game Wardens, Citizen, Who Go Beyond Call of Duty

AUSTIN, Texas — Game warden Michael Boone was off-duty when he heard about friend and fellow warden Wesley Wagstaff’s fatal car accident while en route to an ’Operation Game Thief’ call last November. Although shocked by what happened, he called his officers and Wagstaff’s family and notified them of the accident. Boone later responded to the OGT call himself and arrested a man for illegally shooting a white-tailed deer outside of the hunting season.

Stay Tuned, May 10, 2004

Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.

May 3, 2004

Authorities Suggest Ways for Living With Alligators

HOUSTON — Encounters between people and alligators are on the rise in Southeast Texas, but people can coexist safely with the big reptiles if they take common-sense precautions, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens and biologists.