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Oct. 18, 2004

Stay Tuned, Oct. 18, 2004

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

Oct. 11, 2004

Bighorn Success Remembered as Free Hunt Deadline Nears

MARATHON, Texas — Texas hunters are reminded that anyone who buys any type of current season resident hunting license by midnight Oct. 17 will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of two Texas bighorn sheep hunts.

Boat Wrecks, Deaths Drop Dramatically in 2004

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of reported boating accidents, boating-related injuries and fatalities on public waterways declined in 2004 compared with the same time period in the last three years.

TPWD Has Plan To Help Control Giant Salvinia Infestation

JASPER, Texas — Favorable winters and high water levels have contributed to the spread of Giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) in Toledo Bend Reservoir, one of dozens of lakes affected by exotic aquatic water weeds statewide. Infestations once confined to the backs of a small number of creeks and bayous in both Texas and Louisiana have now spread throughout the reservoir. Giant salvinia is easily spread overland to new locations by boat trailers, propellers, or even the intakes of jet-skis. The possibility of giant salvinia reaching neighboring Sam Rayburn Reservoir by this fall is extremely high, considering the number of boaters and anglers that utilize both reservoirs.

Whooping Crane Numbers May Pass Milestone

AUSTIN, Texas — Wildlife biologists are eagerly watching the skies in Texas this fall, wondering if this will be the year when Texas’ whooping cranes will finally pass the 200-bird mark. Canadian biologists report that the flock left their nesting grounds last month with a record 41 chicks. If mortality is low on the 2,400-mile migration route, not only will the flock that winters on the Texas coast near Rockport set a new population record since counts began in 1938, it will also write a new chapter in the comeback story of an endangered species that once numbered only 21 birds in the world.

Robert L. Cook To Be Named Outstanding Texas A&M Alumnus

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Executive Director, Robert L. Cook, will be named a 2004 Outstanding Alumnus of the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on Oct. 22.

Stay Tuned, Oct. 11, 2004

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

World Birding Center HQ Grand Opening Set for Oct. 23-24

MISSION, Texas – The World Birding Center Headquarters at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park will host a free grand opening celebration this month to mark the progress of plans begun in 1997 to restore wildlife habitat and promote birding and nature tourism.

Oct. 8, 2004

Late, Sparse Butterfly Migration Puzzles Scientists

AUSTIN, Texas — Every year, all of the monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains, millions of them, migrate south through Texas to winter in the same region in the mountains of Central Mexico. This year, scientists are seeing something unusual, and they’re asking citizens to help them understand it by reporting monarch sightings.

Oct. 4, 2004

Wildlife Management Areas Offer Prime Quail Hunting

AUSTIN, Texas — If access to a good place to hunt is the only thing keeping you from experiencing what wildlife biologists suggest will be the best quail hunting season in years, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has some excellent opportunities for hunters.