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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Is TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE really going to allow deer hunters to use dogs to track down deer that have been shot.................Texas currently does not allow hunters to use dogs to hunt deer by running them down.........................But realistically, if you allow dogs in the woods and fields, how do you realistically stop hunters from crossing the line and using their dogs unfairly(having them chase deer)?....................We urge the Lone Star State Game Commissioners to take the "dogs in the woods" option off of the table and ensure that "Fair chase" continue to be the only option when hunters go into the woods to hunt this Fall

Trailing deer with dogs could be returning to East Texas
Trailing deer with dogs could be returning to East Texas

            But that could change for a number
            of counties within the coming months.
            Texas Parks and Wildlife officils are
            discussing allowing dogs for trailing deer,
            this means once a deer is shot and runs off,
            this dog is used to track him down and find
            the body.
            This is very different from using the dog
             to hunt deer, by running them out of the
             woods, or catching their scent and leading
             the hunter to them.
              This type of hunting is illegal all across the state               to not being deemed fair.
               This will also make it harder for game wardens to enforcethe law, since they
can't tell if the dog was used in hunting
the deer after the fact.
But according to Smith County game warden Dustin Dockery, this will, in the
end be a good thing for East Texas, if the proposal passes, since it will help with deer conservation.
In most parts of South and West Texas, dogs can be used to trail deer.
But that could all change for some East Texas counties after deliberations and public hearings take place in late July and august.
Counties where the ban could be lifted: Harris, Harrison, Houston, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Panola, Polk, Rusk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker


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