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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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Saturday, January 23, 2016

One does not normally associate Texas as a progressive thinking and acting state as it relates to wildlife preservation and open space.........It gets a positive mention for its protection of Black Bears(the minute handful that have wandered into the state from Louisiana)..........Jaguars, jauaundi, Ocelots and Mexican Wolves all fall under Federally Protected status in Texas, with Pumas being able to be killed year round on private lands...............Perhaps 50 Ocelots and a handful of Jaguarundi still call Texas home with a small population of Pumas alive in Big Bend National Park ............. Wolves and Jaguars are extirpated from the Lone Star State................And from my living experience in Dallas, Open Space is almost a foreign word in the minds of Texas politicians with Dallas having the least parkland of any major city in the USA.............Coyotes and Bobcats tenaciously cling to the land in reasonable numbers but despite its huge land expanse, hard to see the Real/Estate/Oil /Banking concerns that own state politicians allowing for any kind of meaningful expanded open space endeavors that would potentially allow for re-wilding of our large carnivores

Hunting in Texas: 3 Animals Designated Nongame, Endangered, Threatened, and Protected Species

Any person hunting who has an encounter with or catches sight of any nongame or rare species in Texas is encouraged to share the details with the designated department of Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Most of the predators indigenous to Texas are still recovering from aggressive extermination and extirpation efforts that took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many of these species have yet to fully recover from habitat encroachment and destruction as a result of European settlement of North America. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is responsible for managing and monitoring these predator species. 

Here are three categories of protected animals in Texas:

1. Big cats 

Jaguars, jaguarundi, and ocelots are all rare and federally listed species that either have established and monitored populations in Texas, or in adjacent states with close enough proximity that areas of Texas fall within viable hunting ranges. There exists a known population of both ocelot and jaguarundi throughout the Gulf coast counties of southern Texas. The U.S. Federal government’s Fish and Wildlife Service actively monitors these populations. 


Mountain lions, listed as nongame, have a presence in every county throughout the state of Texas. These big cats have large hunting ranges and possess a generally elusive and skittish demeanor toward humans. Sport hunters may take them year-round on private lands provided they are properly licensed. Limitations or restrictions may exist for wildlife management areas or state-managed lands.

. Black bears

Black bears and the Louisiana black bear subspecies are protected nongame within the state of Texas. Under no circumstances should a sport hunter directly or indirectly injure, maim, or kill a specimen. Bears are rarely aggressive unless a hunter comes between a sow and her cubs.

3. Gray wolves

In 1998, the Federal Wildlife Service reintroduced Mexican gray wolves into Arizona and New Mexico. The status of the species remains listed as critically imperiled in these adjacent states, and its official status in Texas remains that of extirpated. It is crucial for hunters, especially those who hold interest in sport hunting of coyote, to be aware of the possibility of this species’ presence in the state.

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