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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
June 6, 2005
Changes in Deer Regulations Could Affect Hunting Plans
AUSTIN, Texas -- Although the season is still months away, many Texas hunters are starting to make deer hunting plans. Changes to hunting regulations this year could affect those preparations, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
State wildlife biologists have been working to simplify and restructure regulations governing deer seasons to manage resources more effectively and to enhance hunter opportunity without adversely impacting deer populations. In the process, a number of counties will see changes in harvest restrictions and season dates this fall. Following is an overview of those changes and the counties affected. For additional information, hunters are urged to review regulations in TPWD's Outdoor Annual available in August.
Elimination of Aggregate Bag Limits -- The department in 1989 implemented what is popularly referred to as the 'aggregate bag limit' rule, which designated a number of one-buck counties, primarily in the eastern third of the state, from which, in the aggregate a hunter could take no more than one buck. For example, if a hunter took a buck in Nacogdoches County (one-buck bag limit), that hunter could not take another buck in any other county affected by the aggregate bag limit rule.
At the time, the department's intent was to prevent the overharvest of buck deer in regions of the state where populations were low or hunting pressure was high with respect to abundance. In 1999, to increase hunter opportunity the department separated the aggregate one-buck counties into two zones divided by Interstate Highway 35, allowing a hunter to harvest a buck from each zone. Harvest and population data from counties on either side of the I-35 dividing line, counties that by their proximity to each other were the likeliest to incur greater buck harvest, indicates no significant deviation from historical trends over the period from 1999 to the present.
The department is therefore eliminating the aggregate bag limit, meaning that a hunter could take the statewide personal bag limit of three bucks by taking one buck in each of three one-buck counties. A similar provision applied to counties with a two-buck bag limit (i.e., a hunter could take one buck in two, two-buck counties, or two bucks in a single two-buck county, but could not take a third buck in another two-buck county). The department's concern in this case was that hunters would focus on taking a third buck, which could lead to an unwanted decline in doe harvest. Analysis of harvest data indicates that this concern may not be as pressing as originally thought; therefore, the aggregate two-buck bag limit is being eliminated as well. Therefore, this portion of the new section is necessary to reduce regulatory complexity.
Alteration of Doe Days -- Prior to this rulemaking, there were five 'doe day' packages: 4, 9, 16, 23, or 23-plus days (the 23-plus package allows the take of does until the Sunday following Thanksgiving, which means the package length varies from year to year). The new section would eliminate the 9- and 23-day 'doe day' packages and increase the number of 'doe days' in many counties, and introduce 'doe days' in some counties where the take of antlerless deer has been by permit only.
Counties now having four 'doe days' to take place from Thanksgiving Day to the Sunday immediately following Thanksgiving Day are: Bowie, Camp, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, Titus, Upshur, and Wood counties.
Counties where 'doe days' will increase from four to 16 are: Cass, Harrison, Marion, Nacogdoches, Panola, Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby counties.
Counties where 'doe days' will be replaced with full-season, either-sex hunting in the Panhandle and northern Rolling Plains are: Armstrong, Borden, Briscoe, Carson, Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Donley, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Haskell, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Jones, Kent, King, Knox, Lipscomb, Motley, Ochiltree, Randall, Roberts, Scurry, Stonewall, Swisher and Wheeler counties.
Counties where 'doe days' will increase from 16 to 23-plus days are: Hardeman, Wichita, and Wilbarger counties.
Counties where 'doe days' will increase from nine to 16 days are: Denton and Tarrant counties.
Counties where 'doe days' will increase from nine to 23 days are: Cooke, Hill, and Johnson counties.
Counties where 'doe days' will be revised from a fixed 23-day season to 23-plus days are: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Goliad (south of U.S. Highway 59), Jackson (south of U.S. Highway 59), Matagorda, Victoria (south of U.S. Highway 59), and Wharton (south of U.S. Highway 59) counties. The alteration will make rules governing antlerless harvest consistent with those in a number of adjoining counties to the east.
Buck Harvest Restrictions -- The new regulations also alter the take of buck deer in Austin, Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Colorado, De Witt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Victoria, Waller, Washington, Wilson, and Wharton counties. Hunting pressure in the Post Oak Savannah ecological region has been excessive for more than 30 years. Hunter-harvest survey data collected by the department indicates that this area has some of the highest hunter densities in the state.
In 1971, the department instituted a one-buck bag limit in an effort to reduce pressure on the buck segment of the population. Although the one-buck bag limit successfully redistributed hunting pressure, it did little to reduce overall buck harvest. Department data indicate that prior to 2002, 80 percent of the buck harvest in these counties was comprised of bucks younger than 3.5 years of age.
In response to requests from concerned landowners and hunters in the area, the department in 2002 implemented what at the time were called 'experimental' antler restrictions, which defined a legal buck as a buck with at least one unbranched antler (typically a spike buck), a buck with at least six antler points on one side, or a buck with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. The rules were designed to protect the majority of bucks in the younger cohorts until those deer could reach a level of physical maturity.
After three years under the experimental rules, the department's intensive survey effort indicates that the percentage of harvested bucks younger than 3.5 years of age had dropped from 80 percent to 29 percent and the percentage of harvested bucks 3.5 years of age and older increased from 20 percent to 71 percent.
These data also show a decline in the harvest of spike bucks and an increase in the harvest of bucks with an inside spread of 13 inches or greater, which means that one effect of maintaining a one-buck limit under the antler restrictions is that hunting pressure is deflected from the spike-buck segment of the population, which is undesirable. The new regulation implements a two-buck bag limit, one of which must have at least one unbranched antler, and redefines a legal buck as a buck having an inside spread of 13 inches or greater or at least one unbranched antler. The six-points-or-better criterion in effect prior to this rulemaking is eliminated, as department data clearly indicate that the 13-inch-or-better standard is sufficient by itself to protect younger bucks.
Eliminating the 6-points-or-better criterion simplifies the regulation, while resulting in a negligible decline in mature-buck harvest. By adding a second buck to the bag while requiring at least one buck to have an unbranched antler, the department intends to encourage the harvest of spike bucks which department research has indicated are less likely to develop into lawful bucks.
The department has conducted public scoping sessions in other areas of the state to gauge constituent attitudes about these kinds of buck harvest restrictions, but no official action has been taken for the upcoming 2005-06 hunting seasons.
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[ Media Contact: Kristen Everett, 512-389-8046, tpwd.news@tpwd.texas.gov ] [KE]
June 6, 2005
Boaters: Turn Off Engine While Idling To Save Lives
Extra! Read All Aboat It!
UNDATED -- There are many ways you can run into harms way on the water. Alcohol and boat operation. Not wearing a life jacket. Going out in bad weather. However, game wardens are running into boaters who are overcome by a silent, invisible threat: carbon monoxide.
Memorial Day Weekend Game Wardens were patrolling in Devils Cove on Lake Travis when they responded to an emergency medical call of a female not breathing on board a vessel. The 18-year-old had been overcome with carbon monoxide from the back of a vessel, according to medical personnel. She had fallen off the back of the boat from the deck without a life jacket on, unconscious. Fortunately, other boat occupants pulled her out of the water. She responded to oxygen and was taken to the hospital.
"People want to sit back there and drink and hang out," said Game Warden Capt. Robert Goodrich. "But those fumes are boiling up back there and it's unsafe to be back there with the engine idling."
Carbon Monoxide is odorless but fuel is not. But by the time the smell of fuel becomes strong, it may be too late as far as how much carbon monoxide has been inhaled.
"Boat operators just don't realize what's doing on back there," said Goodrich, who's responded to two other calls like this earlier in the spring and one last year.
"This young lady was lucky, she ended up okay, but she did not have a life jacket on. This very well could have been a fatality."
A few years ago on a private ski lake in Ellis County, another teenage girl was not so fortunate. She was lying on the back deck of a ski boat and was over come with carbon monoxide and died.
Carbon monoxide can imperil boaters as well as people at home. Since 1990, carbon monoxide has killed at least 93 people while they were boating and sickened nearly 400 others, according to federal safety investigators quote in a Consumer Reports article. The poisonings affected people inside and outside boats, when boats were moored and even when under way. The poisonings can happen in the following circumstances: when passengers hang onto the rear of the boat and allow themselves to be pulled through the water until the boat's wake builds enough to allow body surfing. "Teak surfing," as it's called, puts passengers close to the engine exhaust; when passengers ride on or swim beneath a platform near the exhaust; when leaky seals between decks, bulkheads, and the hull or a faulty or poorly maintained exhaust system allows carbon monoxide to build up inside the cabin; when boats are moored close together and one has an engine running; or when the "station wagon effect" generates air currents that pull exhaust gas into the cabin, much as auto exhaust enters through an open rear hatch.
Preventative measures:
--Keep the boat's exhaust system in good repair.
--Turn off engine anytime the boat is idling and there is no air to pull the fumes away.
--Have a marine-grade carbon monoxide detector on board.
--Don't let passengers teak surf, and keep passengers off the swim platform when the engine or generator is running.
For specific questions, contact your local game warden office, listed at: (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/boat/boatlist.phtml).
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
June 6, 2005
Texas Zoos To Host Meetings on State Wildlife Plan
AUSTIN, Texas -- Eight zoos in cities across Texas will host meetings in July to get public input about a proposed Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, a new plan tied to millions of dollars in federal funding to conserve wildlife and habitat in Texas.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department must submit a final plan to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by Oct. 1 in order to continue to receive funds from the State Wildlife Grants program.
Last year, the federal grants program provided about $3 million dollars for Texas sea turtle conservation, coastal seagrass mapping projects, wildlife data collection and mapping, a freshwater mussel survey, and staff salaries and research to aid various nongame wildlife species and habitats such as the lesser prairie chicken and swift fox on the shortgrass prairies of the Panhandle and Rolling Plains.
"This source of funds is historic in that, while it does benefit game animals by conserving habitats, it substantially focuses on nongame wildlife species that have not had traditional conservation funding sources," said Steve Bender of the TPWD Wildlife Division, who is coordinating the Texas planning process. "This money has been appropriated to 'keep common species common' by maintaining diversity and slowing the stream of threatened and endangered species."
For the first time as part of the CWCS planning process, Texas Zoos are hosting a series of public meetings to focus on native Texas wildlife conservation.
The planning effort began last August when Texas State University in San Marcos hosted a Wildlife Diversity Conference to bring together top professional biologists and decision makers from across the state. State and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, university professors and others discussed the state of Texas ecological regions and habitats as well as species-specific issues such as exotic species encroachment and Kemp's Ridley sea turtle restoration. Species-based working groups grew out of the conference and began drafting the state CWCS plan.
"These [working group] people know that without the help of conservation agencies and organizations like theirs that many of these species are in danger of slipping closer to needing protection under the Endangered Species Act," Bender said.
"While the ESA helps protect species, it is always better to help these animals before they need listing. Imperilment can cause people to act but by then it's often too late. A proactive strategy helps a species before it becomes rare and threatened. The other important concept is that a habitat or landscape approach is best because it helps many species."
Bender said the state conservation plan will connect with and build on the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan, the action plan that guides TPWD on an ongoing basis. It will list wildlife species of concern, the location and condition of key habitats, threats or problems to species or habitat, needed conservation actions and recommended species and habitat monitoring.
Anyone can comment on the draft plan at one of the meetings listed below, make comments online via the TPWD Web site, phone (800) 792-1112, ext 4427 or send mail to Steve Bender, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744.
All Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy public input meetings listed below will take place from 7-9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. All zoos, except the Dallas Zoo, will NOT have normal exhibits open for the public, since meetings are after hours.
--Austin: July 11, Texas Parks and Wildlife Headquarters, 4200 Smith School Road, (512) 389-4800, www.tpwd.state.tx.us
--Houston: July 13, Houston Zoo, 1513 N. MacGregor, (713) 533-6500, www.houstonzoo.org
--Dallas: 1-4 p.m., July 14, Dallas Zoo, 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I35-E), (214) 670-5656, www.dallas-zoo.org/home/home.asp
--Waco: July 14, Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 North 4th Street, (254) 750-8400, www.cameronparkzoo.com
--Lufkin: July 18, Ellen Trout Zoo, 402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, Texas 75904, (936) 633-0399, www.ellentroutzoo.com
--Abilene: July 19, Abilene Zoological Gardens, 2070 Zoo Lane, Nelson Park, (325) 676-6085, www.abilenetx.com/zoo
--Lubbock: July 20, Science Spectrum, 2579 S. Loop 289 (806) 745-1216, www.sciencespectrum.com
--El Paso: July 21, Magoffin Home State Historic Site, www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/magoffin
--San Antonio: July 25, San Antonio Zoological Gardens and Aquarium, 3903 North St. Mary's Street, (210) 734-7184, www.sazoo-aq.org
--Brownsville: July 26, Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold Street, (956) 546-7187, www.gpz.org
--Corpus Christi: July 27, Texas State Aquarium, 2710 North Shoreline, (800) 477-4853, www.texasstateaquarium.org
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/grants/cwcs/
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June 6, 2005
Dick Davis Named Executive Director of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
This news release is from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.
DALLAS - Dick Davis, a veteran conservation journalist who spent the last five years as Director of the Texas - Oklahoma Region for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, has been named executive director of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation, effective June 1.
Davis and a current staff of three based in Dallas, will lead efforts to provide private support for the work of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, for which the foundation is the official non-profit partner.
"We're delighted that Dick has come on board," said Pat Oles, Chairman of the TPWF board. "We've been very impressed with his record over many years of conservation efforts and in non-profit work. "We think that he'll be a great fit for our foundation and will be a great leader in helping us achieve our potential."
Davis began his journalistic work on behalf of conservation when still a high school student in Duncanville by writing articles for the Dallas Morning News outdoor page. He later served as sports writer-photographer for the Waco Tribune-Herald, where an article about his personal tryout with the Dallas Cowboys was named "Best Feature Story" by the Texas Sports Writers' Association. In 1975 he began to publish in such magazines as Outdoor Life, Gray's Sporting Journal, Southern Outdoors and Game & Fish Publications.
His award-winning series, "Outdoor Magazine," first appeared on 150 public television stations, then later on cable. It was three times named "Best Television Production" by the Outdoor Writers' Association of America. The series also won the Theodore Roosevelt Award for Conservation from the National Outdoor-Travel Film Festival.
While living in Louisiana serving as Outdoor Editor for a major daily newspaper, his articles won Best News Story, Feature and Column by the Louisiana Press Association. He also helped found the Louisiana Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. And, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.
"Everything I've done in my career, from writing about natural resource management for newspapers and magazines to producing television programs to working for other non-profit organizations, has prepared me for this job," Davis said. "The people who work for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have always been among my heroes. Now to be able to assist them and the department in accomplishing their conservation goals on behalf of the people of Texas is both an honor and dream come true."
During his five years with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, he helped increase the number of grants to Texas organizations from about 8 to about 30 annually and the average federal and private investment rose from $300,000 to $1.5 million a year. He also established the Texas Legends Award recognizing individuals for life-long conservation accomplishments. Recipients have been Tobin Armstrong, Karen & Tim Hixon and Dick Bartlett, all supporters of the TPWF.
"The Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation has a rich history, from the outstanding conservationists who have served on its board to the hundreds of supporters who have contributed to its many efforts and special projects," said Davis. "One of my short-term goals will be to visit with as many of those folks as soon as possible to enlist their continuing support, engage them again in our work and to invite and incorporate their suggestions on how to make the foundation stronger in the future.
"At the same time, we will reach out to new people who may have never supported ours or any other conservation organization, invite them to join our team and help ensure the permanent protection and management of Texas' unique natural resources."
For more information about the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation, visit www.tpwf.org or call (214) 720-1478.
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June 6, 2005
TPWD Game Warden Field Notes
The following are excerpts from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Don't Mess With Boat Titling -- A Polk County Game Warden launched an investigation involving a missing boat. Evidence gathered showed a Livingston man forged boat transfer forms and a boat title. A warrant was served arresting the man for tampering with government record, (3rd degree felony). The boat was seized and impounded.
"The New Boat Blues" -- A Cass County Game Warden was launching his boat on Wright Patman when he was told about a boat sinking just off of Bells Island. Three people and the new boat were recovered. Apparently the operators of the boat were first-time boat owners and had put the plug in the live well hole instead of the bilge hole, which caused the boat to sink.
Marked With Unlawfulness -- A Cooke County Game Warden issued citations for possession of an alligator without an alligator permit and possession of an endangered species (timber rattlesnake). The animals were at a tattoo parlor in Gainesville. About 30 different species of poisonous snakes and pythons were also at the establishment. Cases are pending.
"I'm Not Going To Be Honest About Lying to You" -- A Hunt County Game Warden was checking a fisherman when he noticed the fisherman getting nervous. He asked the fishermen how many fish he had caught. The man replied, "I'm going to be quite honest with you; I am two over the limit." A quick count of the fish showed he was 23 over the limit and several were undersize. Cases are pending.
You Can Run, But You Can't Hide -- A Gonzales County Game Warden arrested someone on felony warrants. The subject had been in hiding from the warden since a poaching incident last hunting season. Warrants from Lavaca County were also served at the time of the arrest. Working with an informant, the warden was able to learn that the subject was coming to visit his mother for Mother's Day. The warden, along with other county officers surrounded the residence where the subject was staying. He tried to escape arrest by climbing out a back window but saw officers and went back into the house. He eventually came out and was taken to jail. The Attorney General's office also wanted the man for more than $8,000 in back child support. The warden said he told the subject that he needed to quit messing with outlaw deer hunting. He agreed, then laughed and said, "You know I can sell drugs, steal, rob, and shoot people, but I keep getting caught by the game wardens."
Diverse Duties of a Warden -- A Victoria County Game Warden assisted the Victoria County Sheriff's Office in rounding up over 50 illegal aliens who fled from officers during a traffic stop of four vehicles. A majority of the individuals fleeing officers were near a rural elementary school causing a lockdown. Officers resumed the next day in locating more illegal aliens from another stop in which subjects fled.
Not Too Sharp -- A Mitchell County Game Warden was traveling Interstate 20 when he observed a vehicle driving erratically. The vehicle crossed several lanes of the interstate and nearly struck some parked vehicles. After stopping the vehicle, the warden thought he was going to have to break the window to get the intoxicated man out of the vehicle. He was so disoriented that he couldn't find the door handle. Someone must have taken his keys because a steak knife was inserted into the ignition to start the car. After refusing all tests, the subject was transported to jail.
Not Using His Head -- Guadalupe County Game Warden filed on an individual on Lake McQueeny for reckless operation of a motorboat. The individual was operating one of the old style PWC's while standing on his head.
Keeps Running into and OVER Game Wardens -- Bowie County Game Wardens filed several cases, three of which were BWIs. First subject blew a .103 and a .101, the second subject -- the same person who ran Warden Hervey over with a four-wheeler two years ago -- blew a .140 and .140. The third subject, who claimed to have been credited with the first BWI ever written on Lake Wright Patman back in 1994, blew a .193 and a .180. The third subject is now also known as the first repeat BWI offender on the lake. Cases are pending.
Cheaters Never Win -- Smith County Game Warden finally received disposition on a violator who cheated in a Christian Bass Anglers tournament on Lake Tyler last summer. The violator caught five largemouth bass from an exclusive private lake in Palestine. He kept them alive in an aerated live well system at his residence. The night before the tournament, he planted the five fish in a basket in the lake. He won the tournament with a 31-pound stringer and the big bass pot. The nearest contestant was 15 pounds away from the leader. The violator was convicted of tournament fraud and releasing fish from private waters into public waters. He received a $400 fine with three years probation, is unable to fish in public waters while on probation, forfeited his winnings, received 50 hours of community service, and must attend a Life Skills class.
Recklessness -- A Brown County Game Warden investigated a boating accident where the operator of a motorboat was turning in large circles at half-throttle, and his friend on a PWC was jumping his wake. The PWC hit a wave, throwing the passenger off and then striking the motorboat. The operator of the PWC was airlifted to Shannon Hospital in San Angelo for internal bleeding and a cracked pelvis.
Tragedy -- Game Wardens on Lake Bob Sandlin on a boating accident. A 62-year-old female and her 67-year-old husband were returning from fishing on their pontoon boat with a 90-horse power outboard motor. The female leaned over the side of the moving boat and noticed that the minnow bucket was being drug in the water. The husband attempted to stop the boat quickly, and the female fell off the bow of the pontoon. The husband panicked and accelerated forward. The prop of the motor lacerated her left thigh, abdomen, and cut off the female's leg just below the kneecap. The female was airlifted to Tyler and remains in critical condition.
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June 6, 2005
TPWD Calendar
The following meetings may be of interest to the public. Check the master calendar for all TPWD events.
--Artificial Reef Advisory Committee, June 15, Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson. More details to follow.
--Texas Trails Advisory Board, June 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fountain Park Plaza, Austin 2900 S. I-35, Room 102.
--Historic Sites Advisory Committee, June 30, Bass Conference Room, TPWD headquarters, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas.
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June 6, 2005
Stay Tuned
Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.
Radio
Passport to Texas, TPWD's radio series of weekday, 90-second stories, is broadcast on more than 100 Texas stations. Airing June 6-10, are native turtles feeling a bit shell-shocked? We'll talk to biologist Andy Price about a new survey hoping to find out where they've been hiding. Plus, we'll take you to Copper Breaks State Park to learn about one of the fastest growing nighttime extreme sports.
For more information, visit the Web.
Video News
TPWD provides video news reports that run in newscasts on numerous Texas stations, as well as on cable and satellite outlets around the nation.
For more information, go to the Web.
Television
"Texas Parks & Wildlife" is a weekly half-hour television series seen on PBS affiliates around the state. Airing June 5-12, showing kids how hunting and conservation go hand-in-hand are important to the future of hunting. Volunteers, like Education Director Steve Hall and Sheldon Lake State Park's Robert Comstock, play a vital role in teaching young Texans about the responsibilities of hunters in the protection of the state's resources. Dean Pasold and Diana Kirby take us on a tour of the luxurious Fulton Mansion State Historic Site. Need to know how clean and store the fish you've just caught? Fish and wildlife technician Angie Sunley shows you how. Catching exotic bird smugglers along the border requires the cooperation of state and federal agencies, as well as people in the pet trade. And finally, enjoy the sights and sounds of some of Texas' wonderful waterfalls.
For more information about this week's programs and where they can be viewed, visit the Web.
Magazine
Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine is always available on newsstands throughout the state and by subscription for $19.95 a year. To subscribe, call (800) 937-9393 or order online.
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On the Net:
Passport to Texas: http://www.passporttotexas.org/
TPWD Video News: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/news/tv/vnr/thismonth/
TPWD on PBS: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
TPW Magazine: http://www.tpwmagazine.com/
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