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Nov. 30, 2023

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. 17, 2023

Official Media Statement: Missing Hiker at Big Bend National Park

Nov. 3, 2023

Texas Game Warden Recognized During November Commission Meeting

AUSTIN – At Thursday’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting, Texas Game Warden Tyler Zaruba received recognition as the 2023 recipient of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Texas Boating Officer of the Year award.

Nov. 1, 2023

Applications Open for Texas Game Warden, State Park Police Cadet Class

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has opened applications for the 67th Texas Game Warden and State Park Police Cadet class, aimed at those interested in joining the next generation of elite state law enforcement officers.

Oct. 30, 2023

Official Media Statement: Drowning at Huntsville State Park

Oct. 12, 2023

Game Warden Field Notes, Oct. 12, 2023

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement reports. Images of individual field notes are available upon request from the TPWD press office.

Sept. 28, 2023

Rewards Doubled for Alligator Snapping Turtle Poaching Tips

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is offering rewards of up to $1,000 for Texans who report poaching of alligator snapping turtles through Texas’ wildlife crime-stoppers program, Operation Game Thief (OGT).  Thanks to additional funds from the agency’s Conservation License Plate Program, the reward can be doubled if the tip leads to convictions for snapping turtle cases.

Sept. 20, 2023

Hunter Education 101 Courses Offer Hands-on Hunting Opportunities for Beginners This Fall

AUSTIN —Fall hunting kicked off this month with the start of dove season, but it’s never too late to learn the skill and value hunting brings to Texas wildlife through upcoming hunter education classes. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Hunter Education Program offers in-person learning events through the end of February, which combine a classroom course with beginner hunting opportunities in the field with experts.

Sept. 8, 2023

Texas Game Wardens see Rise in Fatalities, Accidents During Labor Day Weekend

AUSTIN— Texas Game Wardens patrolling water bodies across the state noticed an increase in water-related fatalities and boating accidents compared to last year’s Labor Day holiday weekend.

Sept. 1, 2023

Operation Game Thief Tip Leads to Six Indictments for Illegal Migratory Songbird Trafficking

AUSTIN— This week, a federal grand jury returned indictments charging six Cuban nationals from Houston with illegal trafficking of migratory songbirds, violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Lacey Act. The joint investigation led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement Special Agents and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Texas Game Wardens led to the seizure of more than 300 illegally trapped songbirds.