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Ryan E. Poppe

The Texas Parks and Wildlife commission has approved a set of rules for the state’s deer industry.  The agency says it aims to better track incidents of Chronic Wasting Disease among captive deer herds and release more deer breeders from the state’s ban on the sale of deer.

Ryan E. Poppe

This year, no Texas deer rancher has suffered more than Robert Patterson who owns the Texas Mountain Ranch in Medina County. 

In June, a two-year old buck died from a broken neck at his ranch. Voluntary testing confirmed that it had Chronic Wasting Disease, an illness that prompts deer to stop eating.

Since then Texas Parks and Wildlife officials have euthanized 42 more of Patterson’s deer and found 3 positive for the disease. Patterson says that’s cost him almost a half-million dollars in livestock. 

Ryan E. Poppe

Officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife say that by the end of next week they should know whether Chronic Wasting Disease has spread beyond the herd at the Texas Mountain Ranch in Medina County.  That’s where a buck recently tested positive for the disease which often kills the deer because they stop eating.

“We have put surveillance and monitoring in place to gauge where the disease is.  We’re sampling hunter-harvested animals. We’re dealing with a relatively small herd in an isolated area,” said Steve Lightfoot, with the agency’s Fish and Wildlife Division.

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The Medina County Commissioners Court got an update on Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Texas Animal Health Commission Monday.

CWD is a rare, but deadly disease for deer. It’s not dangerous to humans. A deer that died on a Medina ranch was found to have CWD.

According to Medina County Judge Chris Schuchart, commissioners wanted the update from wildlife officials and let local deer breeders know they would be there.

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Low funding levels have for years left Texas Parks & Wildlife delaying maintenance on the state's more than 90 parks, but that is about to change.

A long-battled piece of legislation aimed at directing more sales tax from sporting goods purchases to Texas' parks passed and was signed by Gov. Abbott late last month.

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The torrential rainstorms that hammered the state for more than a week have left their mark on the Texas state park system.

Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman, Steve Lightfoot, said that the Central Texas corridor caught the worst of the flooding, but things were managed as much as possible by park staff. Like at the Blanco State Park, which caught the early force of the river’s swell, where quick action by park personnel kept more than 70 visitors safe during the deluge.

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HICKORY CREEK, Texas — In a quiet corner of Hickory Creek Park, Lewisville Lake laps against the edge of the access road, covers nearby picnic areas to the tabletop and leaves just an inch or two of the barbecue grills poking above water.

In North Texas, this Memorial Day will be different from what we've seen in years, especially for those who prefer to celebrate on the water.

The Dallas Morning News reports that while boat ramps on Grapevine Lake are open, almost all parks and boat ramps at Lavon Lake, Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts are closed, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“So that will slow things down on Memorial Day weekend,” said Denton County game warden Logan Griffin of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is working on building an artificial reel off shore of Corpus Christi and this weekend they plan on sinking a ship in that effort. Dale Shively is the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s artificial reef program leader.

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The Texas Education Agency has approved a parks and wildlife water safety program to educate young adults and teens who spend time boating, fishing, and swimming in Texas waterways.

The newest video centers around testimonials of parents that have lost their children in water-recreation accidents.

Kelli Epp

San Antonio is opening its first major Urban Ecology Center this weekend in Phil Hardberger Park. The city said the new venue is designed as a gathering place for nature studies and major events.

With over 18,000 square feet, the new facility can offer space for everything from gardening classes to large wedding receptions. Parks Project Manager Sandy Jenkins said the facility is built for the purpose of education on anything having to do with nature.