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New Chronic Wasting Disease Management Response Rules Adopted

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved amendments to chronic wasting disease (CWD) management response rules based in part on discovery of the disease in a free-ranging white-tailed deer west of San Antonio. The changes address containment and surveillance measures, and permitted movement of live deer, in portions of ...

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Texas Game Wardens Crack Down on Illegal Internet Wildlife Trade

Trading on the internet can be a wild experience with deals on practically anything and everything one can imagine just a click away. Some online sellers in the Houston area learned this week that illegal sales of wildlife products can become high ticket items. Texas game wardens made multiple criminal ...

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New CWD Case Discovered at Deer Breeding Facility

A case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been validated in a captive white-tailed deer at another breeding facility in Medina County. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) are conducting an epidemiological investigation into this new case. The latest finding is from a ...

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Forest Service: Controlled Burns Create Temporary Smoke, Long-Term Benefits

Since the first of the year, U.S. Forest Service fire personnel on the four National Forests have treated more than 84,000 acres with controlled burns.   “These controlled burns dramatically reduce the chances of potential wildfires spreading out of control and ultimately improve overall grassland vegetative health,” said Peter Goetzinger, ...

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U.S. Forest Service Offering Student Internships

The USDA Forest Service is offering paid student internships throughout the country. Students currently enrolled in high school through post-graduate level programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Internships are for the summer of 2017 and may last up to one year. Government housing ...

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Automated Online Managed Lands Deer Program Rollout Coming Soon

New system simplifies harvest recommendations, offers print at home tag issuance Landowners participating in the highly-popular Managed Lands Deer Program (MLDP) will be able to complete the enrollment process and print their tags online beginning this summer, thanks to a new automated system being implemented by the Texas Parks and ...

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TPWD Announces 2016-17 Season CWD Monitoring Results

Texas recorded a couple of unwanted firsts for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during statewide surveillance efforts for the 2016-17 collection year, including detections in a free-ranging whitetail and a free-ranging elk. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) surpassed its statewide goal of 6,735 CWD samples, collecting 9,830 from hunter ...

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Deadly Fungus Invades Texas and is Found on a New Bat Species

The fungus known to cause White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that has decimated hibernating bat populations in the United States and Canada, has been discovered for the first time in Texas. The fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) was detected on three species of hibernating bats in northern Texas: the cave myotis, Townsend’s big-eared bat, ...

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Hunting Prospects Promising for Spring Turkey Season

With a significant carryover of mature gobblers and an influx of young birds to match wits against, hunter patience as much as skill may be put to the test during this year’s spring turkey season. According to biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Rio Grande wild ...

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National Forests and Grasslands in Texas to Begin Forest Plan Revision Process

The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas is beginning a process to revise its Land and Resource Management Plan that will provides direction for managing recreation, forest vegetation, rivers and tributaries, fish and wildlife and cultural and heritage assets. “The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas play a unique role ...

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