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ForageFax: Fall-planted forage mixes for white-tailed deer

The options for fall-planted wildlife mixtures are many but often the random mixtures offered for sale by national retailers are not the best-adapted plants for Texas.  Warm season forage legumes, cool season forage legumes and forage oats are all great choices to include in forage mixtures for white-tailed deer in Texas.  One problem with planting mixtures of these three forages is determining the correct planting rate for each forage species so that competition is minimized and each species can be productive. Read more…

General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Sep 04, 2018

New resources available for tawny crazy ant management

First funded in 2015, the Tawny Crazy Ant Working Group is developing videos, conference booth materials and booklets to help people identify and manage this pest. The invasive ant, also called the Rasberry crazy ant, was discovered in Houston, and has since spread to all states in the Gulf Coast, traveling primarily through unintentional human assistance. Tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva) are also much more destructive than other ant species, causing electrical outages and literally suffocating livestock and other animals. Read more…

General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Aug 31, 2018

Longhorned tick now found in 6 New Jersey counties

The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory has confirmed that the longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, has been discovered in Monmouth County, N.J., making it the sixth county in the state where the tick has been found. There have also been confirmed findings of the tick in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Arkansas. Longhorned ticks in other countries have been shown to spread diseases. They are known to infest a wide range of species including humans, dogs, cats and livestock. Read more…

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

Trichomoniasis entry requirement rules adopted

Changes to rules about entry requirements regarding trichomoniasis, also known as trich, were adopted at a recent Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) meeting in Austin. The rules will go into effect on Sept. 3, 2018. Modifications were made to the bovine trichomoniasis interstate entry requirements to allow the entry of bulls moved directly to a federally approved livestock market from a premises of origin without a certificate of veterinary inspection or obtaining a permit prior to entry. Bulls entering Texas from a premises other than their premises of origin must be issued a permit before moving directly to a federally-approved livestock market that isolates the bull from female cattle at all times until the bull is tested. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Aug 27, 2018

Protecting animals from wildfire smoke

Smoke does not only take a toll on humans. It can also affect pets, horses, livestock, and wildlife. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says if can see or feel the effects of smoke yourself, you also should take precautions to keep your animals – both pets and livestock – safe. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Disaster, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Aug 24, 2018

Texas dove hunting prospects bright for season opener Sept. 1

Though Hurricane Harvey caused a significant drop in dove hunter effort and harvest numbers last year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department expects the 2018-19 season to be back to normal. In Texas terms, normal means exceptional. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Aug 21, 2018

Hoping to stave off federal action, Texas rewrites lizard plan

Aiming to reform a troubled state program designed to stave off federal habitat protections for a rare lizard species in the petroleum-rich Permian Basin, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to approve a new version, meant to address what Hegar’s office called the plan’s “systemic problems.” The proposal, the latest turn over how to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard amid a threat of federal action, eliminates scientifically unsupported conservation options and defines ways for companies to avoid lizard habitat, enacts fees from some companies operating in the lizard habitat to support conservation efforts to offset habitat disturbances and includes incentives to focus industrial activities in degraded or nonhabitat areas. -Austin American Statesman Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Aug 14, 2018

2018-19 Texas hunting, fishing licenses go on sale Aug. 15

With opening of dove hunting season only a couple weeks away, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reminds sportsmen that all current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug 31. New licenses for 2018-19 go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 15. Read more…

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

Are high-tech hog traps worth the investment

Feral hogs have plagued agricultural lands in Oklahoma for long enough that most landowners have adopted some sort of control strategy on their properties. Many natural resource management experts recommend an integrated approach as a best practice to control feral hogs. An integrated approach uses many different control strategies in unison to have a cumulative population reduction. But is the continued use of some techniques causing more harm than actually reducing populations? –The Noble Research Institute Read more… 

General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Aug 06, 2018

Texas A&M Forest Service investigating report of invasive beetle in North Texas

Forest pest experts are investigating reports that the invasive emerald ash borer may have been found in Tarrant County. Last week, entomologists identified EAB in a photograph submitted to an online nature social network. Texas A&M Forest Service entomologist, Allen Smith and urban forester Courtney Blevins teamed up with entomologist Mike Merchant from Texas AgriLife Extension Service, biologist Sam Kieschnick from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and specialists with USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to investigate the report of this exotic beetle. The emerald ash borer is a destructive, non‐native, wood‐boring pest of ash trees. EAB is a significant threat to urban, suburban and rural forests, killing ash trees within two to five years after they become infested. Read more…

General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Aug 01, 2018