Tribpedia: Texas Parks And Wildlife

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The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is the state agency with responsibility over conservation of fish and wildlife species and has authority over hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation activities across the state. The agency also manages numerous cultural and historic sites in Texas.

The agency, which has roughly 3,200 employees, is overseen by a nine-member commission appointed by the ...

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There's More Than One Way to Land a Catfish in Texas

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Avid outdoorsman Brady Knowlton is hoping noodling will become legal in Texas.
Avid outdoorsman Brady Knowlton is hoping noodling will become legal in Texas.

Hand fishing — or "noodling," which means sticking your hand down the throat of a fish — is a Class C misdemeanor in Texas, punishable by a fine of up to $500. But not for much longer. State lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill to legalize hand fishing, and the bill is now on its way to the governor’s desk.

Sen. Bob Duell, R-Greenville, debates the "noodling" bill regarding a bare-handed catfishing technique during debate on May 19, 2011.
Sen. Bob Duell, R-Greenville, debates the "noodling" bill regarding a bare-handed catfishing technique during debate on May 19, 2011.

Senate OKs Legalizing "Noodling"

Amidst the budget drama of the day, Senators had a few moments of levity when they brought up the "noodling" bill, which would legalize the practice of hand-fishing for catfish.

Bill Would Allow Advertising at Texas Parks

With the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department facing budget cuts and park closures, Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports that lawmakers are looking at an unconventional solution — advertising in parks — to help pay for maintenance and promote tourism.

Texas Parks Chief on New Land Acquisition, Exotic Species and the Budget

The executive director of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department discusses the acquisition of a large piece of remote and rugged land along the Devils River; next steps for the bighorn sheep released in Big Bend Ranch State Park; the threats posed by invasive species like the giant salvinia, an exotic, rootless fern, and zebra mussels — and what the state's budget shortfall might mean for his agency and for the state's lands, waters, fish, wildlife and parks.

Devil's River Ranch
Devil's River Ranch

Parks Department Will Vote on Devil's River Land

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is set to vote later this month on a deal to buy a Southwest Texas ranch for $13 million — a change from an earlier, controversial land-swap proposal.

State Parks Getting $44 Million in Renovations

As one of 40 parks across Texas benefiting from renovation projects, Bastrop State Park will spend about $4 million on improvements financed by the sale of voter-approved bonds authorized by the Texas Legislature. By April 2011, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department expects to complete $44 million in repairs and renovations to state park infrastructure.

USS Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto monument
USS Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto monument

Little Money Approved for State Parks Actually Spent

Three years after voters approved bonds for fixes at state parks, not all of the money has been spent — despite facilities that haven't been upgraded since the 1930s and recent hurricane damage that hasn't been repaired.

Twenty brown pelicans now call Texas home after getting "oiled" in the BP spill off Louisiana's coast
Twenty brown pelicans now call Texas home after getting "oiled" in the BP spill off Louisiana's coast

Oiled Pelicans Find Sanctuary on Texas Coast

At Goose Island, near Rockport, some of the nearly 200 pelicans rescued from the Gulf oil spill and sent to Texas seem to be thriving. But officials are holding their breath to see whether the rescued birds stick around or fly back to habitats that may still be contaminated. "Wildlife do crazy things," says the manager of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. "That's why they're called 'wild.'" But the ones that stay could face survival struggles, too, from coastal litter and competition with other species for food.

Garner State Park
Garner State Park

State Park Repairs to Happen This Summer

The sound of clanging and banging construction equipment may interrupt the tranquil noises of nature for Texas campers this spring and summer.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson

Guns OK'd in National Parks

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who has been taking his gun to Big Bend National Park anyway, says he is glad he can now carry without violating the rules.