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New Chronic Wasting Disease Management Response Rules Adopted

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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

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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

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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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E-Recycling Day Set for Saturday


Every April the Huntsville Solid Waste/Recycling Division hosts E-Recycling Day to allow residents a convenient time to get rid of unwanted electronics and recycle them correctly. We are always striving to make Huntsville a more green community and E-Recycling Day gets us one step closer. Items including laptops, copiers, printers, ...

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

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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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Huntsville Audubon Sponsoring a “Live Owls” Program for Students of All Ages


by Sharyn Pezant Did you know Owls can twist their necks to turn their heads about 270 degrees—about ¾ of a full circle—without moving their shoulders? Owls don’t have eyeballs; the eyes are long and shaped more like a tube. Owl eyes can’t turn in their sockets because of this ...

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The Fields of Spring

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By Reggie Lepley   It has been a mild winter for the most part here in Walker County.  Breaking ice in the livestock trough only happened one time during the past season. That was over a two-day span and the ice was thin the first day. Since it is warming ...

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Governor Appoints Nine To TRA Board Of Directors


Governor Abbott Appoints Nine To Trinity River Authority Board Of Directors Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Whitney Beckworth, Robert McFarlane, William “Will” Rodgers, Frank Steed, and Edward “Cary” Williams, III and reappointed John Jenkins, Kevin Maxwell, and Manny Rachal for terms set to expire on March 15, 2021. Governor Abbott ...

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