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Philippe Henry

When people talk about the great American Alligator they most likely are thinking of the creatures in the Swamps of Louisiana or the everglades of Florida – but Texas has it’s gators too.

In Texas alligators can be found in 120 counties. And with the Human population in Texas expanding – encounters between people and alligators are on the increase. This produces the potential for dangerous situations.

But Louise Hayes says we don’t need to fear the gator but we do need to respect him.

Rep. Lyle Larson

A handful of lawmakers at the state capitol are outraged by the latest regulations adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The new rules are aimed at controlling the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease among the Texas deer population.

Following the passage of the updated regulations, Rep. Lyle Larson, a Republican from San Antonio sent out a tweet that chastised Parks and Wildlife officials for violating private property owner’s rights.

Ryan E. Poppe

Last summer Texas Parks and Wildlife officials began working on state regulations for testing the state’s deer population for chronic wasting disease, an illness that can wipe out entire herds of deer at a time.  One year later,the disease is still being detected and the state has devised new plans that aren’t sitting well with deer breeders and captive deer ranchers.

Texas Parks And Wildlife

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials hope upcoming episodes of Lone Star Law airing on Animal Planet will showcase the job of Texas game wardens and the diversity of those behind the badge. 

It’s only the second show of Season One of Lone Star Law and already outdoor enthusiasts are hooked. Animal Planet asked state officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife in 2015 if they had any game wardens that wouldn’t mind being filmed while on operations that ranged from flood rescues to large-scale poaching investigations.

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Portions of Texas 96 parks remain closed because of flood damage and fire.  Parks officials told legislators Monday expensive repairs are needed to reopen the inaccessible areas. 

Texas Parks and Wildlife

If the beautiful spring weather has you thinking about an impromptu camping trip to a Texas state park, you’ll probably have to wait until after the Easter holiday, and at some parks longer than that.

March is one of the most popular months of the year for camping in Texas parks, and with spring break and Easter lining up back-to-back most of the park camp grounds are full.

Ryan E. Poppe

For hunters like Tom Buckley deer hunting is a tradition passed down from one generation to another.  And this week it’s been all about preparing for the hunt.  But as he confidently pitches 50-pound bags of deer corn in the bed of his faded pickup in Cedar Park, Buckley explains why he isn’t concerned about the possibility that Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD has moved from deer breeding farms into the state’s wild white-tail deer population.

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Right now in Texas, deer and all other free-roaming animals are considered common property for all Texans to enjoy and the state manages and regulates that wildlife on behalf of the people.

Ryan E. Poppe

New regulations by the Texas Parks and Wildlife put deer breeders in one of three categories based on whether or not any of their penned deer had been exposed to other deer that had been diagnosed with CWD at the Texas Mountain Ranch near Hondo.  

  Those sets of categories determined if a deer breeder could sell the animal and caused some confusion among buyers at the auction.   Auctioneer Vance Runnels --