Texas Parks and Wildlife http://kut.org en Central Texas Boaters Could Soon Face More Rules Because of Zebra Mussels http://kut.org/post/central-texas-boaters-could-soon-face-more-rules-because-zebra-mussels <p>As the invasive and annoying <a href="http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/Nonindigenous_Species/Zebra_mussel_FAQs/zebra_mussel_faqs.html">zebra mussel</a> pops up in a sixth Texas lake, state wildlife commissioners are getting ready to vote on new rules that would require boaters in Central Texas counties to <a href="http://www.texasinvasives.org/zebramussels/">clean, drain and dry</a> their boats whenever they take them out of the water, whether the boat has a motor or not.&nbsp;</p><p>Texas Parks &amp; Wildlife announced Tuesday that zebra mussels were found in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/lavon/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lake Lavon</a>,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">one of the largest lakes in North Texas</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The invasive species was first discovered in Texas in 2006 and was already found in Lakes&nbsp;</span>Texoma<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Ray Roberts, Lewisville, Bridgeport and Belton</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:34:37 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9609 at http://kut.org Central Texas Boaters Could Soon Face More Rules Because of Zebra Mussels More Texas Latinos Are Seeking Hunter Education - In Spanish http://kut.org/post/more-texas-latinos-are-seeking-hunter-education-spanish <p>The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is handling an increased <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/outdoor-learning/hunter-education" target="_blank">demand for hunter education</a> from Latinos.</p><p>In recent years, the department has begun offering the course in Spanish. The move not only reflects the changing demographics of the state, but could also help Texas combat one of its most unwelcome pests.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115756237" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:36:27 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8951 at http://kut.org More Texas Latinos Are Seeking Hunter Education - In Spanish Seven State Parks Could Close Under Proposed Budget http://kut.org/post/seven-state-parks-could-close-under-proposed-budget <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Texas Parks and Wildlife Department</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;would close seven state parks during the 2014-2015 biennium under preliminary budget proposals from the House and Senate, and at least one group is ready to fight to keep them open.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">In discussions before the legislative session began, the parks and wildlife department requested that the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Legislative Budget Board</a>&nbsp;allocate an additional $18.9 million from the sporting goods sales tax to keep all parks operational.&nbsp;The preliminary&nbsp;<a href="http://s3.amazonaws.com/static.texastribune.org/media/documents/Summary_of_Legislative_Budget_Estimates_House_201415_Biennium.pdf" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">House</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Appropriations_Bills/83/Summary%20of%20Legislative%20Budget%20Estimates%20Senate%202014%E2%80%9315%20Biennium.pdf" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Senate</a>&nbsp;budgets, released Tuesday, call for only an additional $6.9 million over the next biennium from that tax.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 01:29:18 +0000 Audrey White, Texas Tribune 6222 at http://kut.org Seven State Parks Could Close Under Proposed Budget Texas Parks, Towns Embrace Dark Sky Movement http://kut.org/post/texas-parks-towns-embrace-dark-sky-movement <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">In recent years, Texas’ state parks </span>have<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120125/us-travel-brief-texas-tourism/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " target="_blank">struggled</a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120125/us-travel-brief-texas-tourism/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " target="_blank"> with falling visitor numbers and budget cuts.</a><span style="color: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:38:30 +0000 Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune 5450 at http://kut.org Texas Parks, Towns Embrace Dark Sky Movement Equipment Stolen from Bastrop State Park http://kut.org/post/equipment-stolen-bastrop-state-park <p>Five storage units containing disaster response equipment at the <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/bastrop">Bastrop State Park</a> were broken into last week. About $16,000 worth of state equipment including chain saws, power tools and two generators were stolen.</p><p>Mike Cox with <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/">Texas Parks and&nbsp;Wildlife</a> says&nbsp; when funding is available, &quot;the&nbsp; equipment will need to be replaced to maintain the same level of preparedness we had prior to the break-in.&quot;</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:04:58 +0000 Emily Zendt 4449 at http://kut.org Equipment Stolen from Bastrop State Park How Texans Can Make a 13 Pound Bass Live Forever http://kut.org/post/how-texans-can-make-13-pound-bass-live-forever <p>Did you know Texas has a program to propagate fish in the state&rsquo;s lakes and reservoirs?</p><p>It&rsquo;s called the <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/sharelunker/archives/index.phtml?wcode=0033">Toyota ShareLunker program</a>, and run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF). (It&rsquo;s sponsored by the car-maker, hence its inclusion in the name.)</p><p>While the program was launched in 1986, TPWF notes that it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/sharelunker/background/">stretches back much further</a> &ndash; coincidentally, to a time of <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/tag/drought/">drought</a>&nbsp;much like today&#39;s:</p><blockquote><p>The roots of the ShareLunker program can be traced to the drought of the 1950s. That 10-year dry spell brought home to Texans the fact that the state&rsquo;s burgeoning population had outgrown its water supply. A few reservoirs had been built previously, but the 1960s and 1970s witnessed the completion of many more. Texas had only one natural lake &mdash; Caddo &mdash; and the native species of Texas bass, the northern, was adapted to live in streams.</p><p>Fish adapted to live in large lakes were needed to take advantage of the new reservoirs, and in 1971 TPWD brought the first Florida strain largemouth bass to Texas.</p></blockquote><p>To that end, the ShareLunker program was created to breed bass. It even propagated its own breeding establishment, the <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/visit/information/">Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center</a>, outside of Athens, Texas.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:47:43 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3557 at http://kut.org How Texans Can Make a 13 Pound Bass Live Forever Texas Parks and Wildlife Issues Black Bear Warning http://kut.org/post/texas-parks-and-wildlife-issues-black-bear-warning <p>Leaving out cat food for the neighborhood cat? You might be feeding the neighborhood bear instead, according to a <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20110817a&amp;nrtype=all&amp;nrspan=2011&amp;nrsearch=">statement </a>by the <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/">Texas Parks and Wildlife Department</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re getting a few reports of people seeing bears during daylight hours, and that&rsquo;s unusual,&rdquo; says Mike Krueger of Texas Parks and Wildlife. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the associated water around homes and the food. The pet food, the smell of cooking; all those things could attract bears. &rdquo; Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:00:09 +0000 Kristen Cabrera 2265 at http://kut.org Texas Parks and Wildlife Issues Black Bear Warning Drought Leads to a Rise In Animal Bites http://kut.org/post/drought-leads-rise-animal-bites <p>The number of venomous bites and stings has increased since last year as the drought sends snakes and other wild animals searching for food and water.</p><p>Kelly Conrad Bender, an urban wildlife biologist for <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/">Texas Parks and Wildlife</a>, came to the <a href="http://www.seton.net/locations/brackenridge/">University Medical Center Brakenridge</a> to explain the changes in wildlife.</p><p>&ldquo;Wildlife, these individual animals, has not experienced this kind of drought, but their species has. They are the result of thousands of years of adaptation to our climate and these droughts do happen occasionally, maybe once every 50 to 100 years. So the species, given appropriate habitat and given a good balanced stable habitat, they will survive and they&rsquo;ll come out stronger,&rdquo; Bender said. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:16:58 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2208 at http://kut.org Drought Leads to a Rise In Animal Bites