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Public notice on outbreaks of avian paramyxovirus in Texas

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), a number of Eurasian collared doves near El Paso have recently tested positive for avian paramyxovirus, specifically Pigeon Paramyxovirus-1, or PPMV-1. Dead doves have also been reported in Alpine. Past outbreaks have been observed in the vicinity of many of the larger urban centers of the Trans-Pecos and Panhandle regions such as Midland, Lubbock, and Alpine, but outbreaks may occur elsewhere within these regions. The majority of PPMV-1 outbreaks in wild birds in the United States have involved Eurasian collared doves and rock doves (pigeons). The virus can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye) in humans, therefore, if you encounter multiple dead or dying doves, do not handle the birds without hand and eye protection. There is no known risk to cats or dogs from PPMV-1, but the TPWD recommends keeping pets away from infected birds. Some strains of PPMV-1 have been shown to cause disease and death in domestic poultry, so backyard chicken owners may want to take precautions to minimize potential contact between chickens and doves. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Oct 16, 2018

Endangered whooping cranes to move through Oklahoma

One of the rarest birds in North America will soon be making its way through the Sooner State and biologists are asking for your help in tracking the migration path. As the endangered birds pass through Oklahoma on their return flight from Canada to South Texas, Oklahoma’s Wildlife Department compiles sightings from wildlife enthusiasts each year to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service track their progress. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Oct 15, 2018

African Swine Fever impacting China pork production

China has reported 20 African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks since the first case was discovered in Liaoning province on Aug 1. 2018. This Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) is spreading widely throughout farms located in the eastern third of China. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), USDA Veterinary Services, and the pork industry are keeping a watchful eye on the ASF outbreak in China. While there may not be a direct disease threat to Texas’s livestock farmers, it is appropriate that everyone takes the necessary precautions to protect the United States swine population by practicing good biosecurity. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Oct 12, 2018

Deer-proofing can help preserve your landscape

When the crisp fall air arrives, many people find themselves spending more time outdoors. Not only do folks enjoy fall activities such as high school and college football, roasting hotdogs over a firepit or evening walks around the neighborhood, many begin to add more color to the landscape with a variety of fall plants. And while we often like to see deer, we don’t always want them nibbling or damaging important vegetation. Read more…

General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Oct 08, 2018

USDA Wildlife Services World Rabies Day message

To learn more about World Rabies Day and what Wildlife Services is doing to combat the spread of rabies in order to protect public health, pets and livestock, watch a short video message from Janet Bucknall, the program’s deputy administrator. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Sep 28, 2018

Recent rains provide boost for deer, new challenges for bowhunters

Bowhunters might need to adjust their game plan for Saturday’s archery-only white-tailed deer season due to recent rains, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The advance scouting report could be out the window. Read more…

General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Sep 27, 2018

APHIS proposal to remove the domestic quarantine for emerald ash borer

APHIS is proposing to remove the domestic quarantine regulations for the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle from eastern Asia. Eliminating this regulation is in keeping with USDA’s goal of reducing regulations that have outlived their usefulness. The proposal would end APHIS’ domestic regulatory activities, which includes actions such as issuing permits, certificates and compliance agreements, making site visits, and conducting investigations of suspected violations, and instead direct all available resources toward managing the pest. Read more…

General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Sep 18, 2018

New mule deer antler restriction regs to take effect in SE Panhandle

Texas hunters pursuing mule deer this fall in Briscoe, Childress, Cottle, Floyd, Hall, and Motley counties in Texas will be required to comply with a new antler restriction regulation that prohibits harvest of any mule deer buck with a main beam outside spread of less than 20 inches. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is implementing the new experimental regulation with the goal of improving buck age structure and sex ratios in these counties by reducing excessive hunting pressure on younger bucks. A similar antler restriction for white-tailed deer has been in place for a number of years in other parts of the state, and has successfully shifted the age class structure toward older bucks. Read more…

General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Sep 17, 2018

Invasive zebra mussels found in OK reservoir

Foss Reservoir, a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation lake in Custer County is now among the 20-plus lakes in Oklahoma where invasive zebra mussels have been confirmed. This non-native aquatic nuisance species has continued to spread throughout Oklahoma waters since first found in the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in 1992. Read more…

General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Sep 17, 2018

2018 Teal Season Forecast: Wet and wild

Conditions are shaping up for what could be an excellent early teal hunting season opener this Saturday. Waterfowl biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department say early migrations of birds into the state mixed with forecasts for more rain have set the table. Read more…

General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Sep 14, 2018