2011-03-17 / General Stories

Outdoor News

March 14, 2011
By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

One thing for sure, the March winds are here! Fair weather boaters did not stay out very long on Lake Somerville last weekend due to high winds and white-caps. Those that did were treated to some limits and near limits of crappie, white bass and catfish. Right now is the time to try and catch some white bass as they congregate around wind swept points which mimics running water.

Now that spring is here, calls are beginning to come in about wild animals moving about the place. Well, they’re doing what Mother Nature instructs them to do, go and find food for little ones, even if it means raiding your pet’s dinner bowl. If you feed you pets outside, give them 15 minutes or so to before removing their dinner bowl. This way it keeps unwanted critters from being on your back porch and waiting for a free meal.

Another thing, if you plan on trapping these critters to move them to other places, you might want to plan ahead in the event you trap something other than the intended prey. If wire snares or box traps are being used, be sure you’re able to remove all animals, including domestic animals. I do not have specialized equipment for the removal of such animals, but depending on the animal and situation, it’s not worth being bitten or scratched forcing one to seek medical care and having the animal’s head severed for rabies. Be careful and have a plan or have someone that can assist you as necessary.

I am currently working on a case of disturbing, harassing and shooting at a nesting pair of eagles off county road 217. This call came as a result of some out of town birdwatchers who observed and heard several shots being fired at the eagles while feeding on some type food source. First of all, this is illegal, no matter if you are protecting chickens or pets. If anyone has information on the source of shooting, please call the Operation Game Thief (OGT) line at 1- 800-792-GAME.

I may be contacted at 979- 540- 0194 or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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