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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [SL]
March 21, 2014
New Rules Give Landowners Flexibility for Nuisance Alligator Control
AUSTIN - Landowners are now able to contract directly with nuisance alligator hunters under new rules adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The new protocol will authorize a permitted control hunter to contract directly with a landowner or landowner's agent (including a political subdivision, governmental entity, or property owner's association) for a fee or other compensation for the removal of nuisance alligators.
By allowing control hunters to contract directly with landowners, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hopes to simplify the process and allow permittees to retain captured alligators and process or sell them. The new protocol would allow alligators to be released in suitable habitat with the approval of the department and the landowner of the property where the release would take place.
During the past 20 years, once imperiled alligator populations in Texas have rebounded spectacularly. Increased suburban, exurban, an industrial development in an adjacent to coastal counties, particularly along the mid- and upper coast, has resulted in increasing number of nuisance alligator complaints, especially in areas biologically characterized by diminishing or little to no habitat.
Each nuisance alligator control hunter must complete a certification process that includes (1) an application to TPWD, (2) a department administered nuisance alligator control course, (3) a written exam on nuisance alligator control, and (4) a live alligator handling exam. Additionally, an annual permit fee of $252 is required. No one in Texas is excluded from having a valid nuisance control permit issued by TPWD Alligator Program for the capture and release of American alligators, including local animal control officers.
Persons interested in the nuisance alligator control hunter program can request information by email at amos.cooper@tpwd.texas.gov. Prospective permittees can also contact Amos Cooper at (409) 726-3625 (office) or (409) 293-2836 (cell) to receive an application in the mail. All applications must be returned by June 30 to the Alligator Program, 10 Parks and Wildlife Drive, Port Arthur, Texas 77640.
The next scheduled classes are set for August 15-16 depending on the number of applicants. For information on the rules and regulations governing alligator go to tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/ click on Alligators In Texas and a 32 page booklet will appear. For information on Alligator Farming and all PWD form associated with the Alligator Program go to tpwd.texas.gov/business/permits/ click on Alligator Permits and all forms will be displayed.

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March 21, 2014
Athens Eggfest 2014 Set for April 12 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS--The fourth annual Athens Eggfest is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC).
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cooking will end at 3 p.m. Tasting will continue until all the food is gone.
Regular admission to TFFC will be charged. Those who preregister will be allowed to taste for a $5 donation to the Friends of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.
Persons who do not preregister can still taste by making a $10 donation to the Friends of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center at the event entrance.
Both cooks and tasters may preregister at http://athenseggfest.wordpress.com/. There is no fee to cook.
This year's Eggfest will feature guest cook Tyron Smith, known to Dallas Cowboys fans as Number 77. The TFFC Eggfest can be thought of as an ultimate tailgate cookout. Dozens of Eggheads will fire up Big Green Eggs and bake, smoke, grill and serve everything from breakfast casseroles to pork bellies to wild game to blueberry muffins to pig candy. It will all be cooked on the iconic ceramic cookers, and samples will be available for tasting.
The theme for this year's Athens Eggfest is "Grillin' and Chillin'." An Eggfest is not a cooking competition, it's a tasting frenzy accompanied by cooking instruction. Food will be coming off the Eggs all day long, starting with breakfast-type items in the morning and progressing to heartier foods as the day goes on. While tasting, you can learn how to cook on a ceramic cooker yourself.
"The basic idea behind the Eggfest is to get people outdoors, and what better way to do that than by offering them delicious food," said Allen Forshage, TFFC director. "And while they are here, we hope they will take time to fish in our ponds, walk our Wetlands Trail and learn about the role TFFC and TPWD play in keeping fishing great in Texas."
Demo eggs used at this event will be available for purchase at the end of the day. Click on the link above to reserve a once-used ceramic cooker prior to the event.
The Athens Eggfest is sponsored by Morrison Supply, Paragon Distributing, Brookshire's Food and Pharmacy, Friends of TFFC and First State Bank--Athens.
For more information on visiting TFFC, visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/tffc or call (903) 676-2277.
On the Net:
Information on TFFC and directions: http://tpwd.texas.gov/tffc
Eggfest event information: http://athenseggfest.wordpress.com/