Because pigs lack sweat glands, wallowing in mud and water is an instinctual behavior necessary for them to maintain a healthy body temperature. Unfortunately this behavior in feral pigs has cascading impacts, not only to water quality in individual streams, ponds, and wetlands, but to entire watersheds and ecosystems. … Read More

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has announced Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University will share about $500,000 in funding for a research project to study the monarch butterfly. The research will document the monarch butterfly population in Texas and study its migratory habits. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service … Read More

Three more Texas lakes are being added to the list of lakes affected by zebra mussels.¬†Lake Livingston in the East Texas piney woods, as well as North Texas’ Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Worth all tested positive for zebra mussels. As we head into the Independence Day weekend, these new … Read More

After extensive public testimony, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Monday approved an amended set of regulations for artificial movement of deer by permit as part of the state’s chronic wasting disease (CWD) management plan. TSCRA Second Vice President Hughes Abell testified on behalf of TSCRA in support of the … Read More

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert said landowners should watch for oxygen depletion in stock ponds as we enter the dog days of summer. The summer months, between June and September, when the outside air is increasingly hot and pond water temperatures climb, are the time of year … Read More

Most fawns in Oklahoma are about a month old at this point. Typically born in late May or early June, the first few weeks of their lives are fairly secretive. Fawns are often hidden in dense cover to avoid predation, but by now, they are getting a little more daring … Read More

Authorities in Texas advise that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent new pests from entering Texas, and to prevent the spread of pests within the state. Much of Texas is under quarantine for fire ants and it is illegal to move any regulated item, such as firewood … Read More

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) held a regularly-scheduled meeting May 24 in Austin and adopted a rule concerning the use of a fever tick vaccine, adding it as a requirement for beef cattle in tick quarantine areas. The commission also proposed a rule concerning the personnel authorized … Read More

TSCRA leaders and staff have heard from many members and ranchers regarding the recent spread of fever ticks in South Texas. In this month’s Cattlemen’s Column, J.D. Cage, chair of the association’s Fever Tick subcommittee of the Cattle Health and Well-Being Committee talks the problem of fever ticks … Read More

It’s not uncommon during the summer months to see what appears to be abandoned fawn deer or fledgling birds in need; that’s when humans need to resist the urge to help, wildlife experts say. Some species, including birds, deer and snakes, are normally very active this time of year and … Read More