Higher prices and vulnerable herds mean the gate is open to more cattle thefts

Cattle theft is rising in Oklahoma. And although many factors are to blame for the increase, one stands above all others, officials say: cattle are a valuable commodity right now. TulsaWorld talked to TSCRA’s Larry Gray, executive director of law enforcement and Special Ranger John Cummings about how the combination of a down economy and high prices makes for a jump in cattle theft. Read more…

Learn to protect your home from fire threats during Wildlife Awareness Week

Texas Forest Service (TFS) wants to teach residents how to better protect their homes from wildfires – a message they’re emphasizing during Wildfire Awareness Week, April 9-13. Wildfires destroyed almost 3,000 Texas homes last year, but there are things homeowners can do to better protect themselves in the future. New information from Texas Forest Service details how to implement fire-resistant landscaping practices, create “defensible space” around a home, eliminate dead vegetation and use safe construction materials. Read more…

Safety first for spring turkey hunting

The beginning of the spring wild turkey hunting season is an exciting time that more than 2.7 million turkey hunters nationwide have looked forward to for several months. But hunters need to make sure their excitement does not blind them to the precautions they should take to ensure a safe and successful day in the field. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, April 10, 2012

Much of Texas wheat looks better than anyone expected a few months ago, according to David Drake, AgriLife Extension Service agronomist, San Angelo. Last winter, climatologists were forecasting the winter and early spring would be drier and warmer than average because of a strong La Niña. The year did turn out to be warmer. Lubbock, for example, recorded the second-warmest March on record. Read more…