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2011-03-31 / General Stories

Outdoor News

March 28,2011
By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

If you weren’t on Lake Somerville this past Saturday, then chances are you weren’t catching fish. In one of the most prolific days of fishing, every person we contacted from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. had some sort of stringer or ice chest filled with white bass, crappie or catfish. Shad and ghost minnows are the bait of choice right now

I’ve received some calls about skunks interfering with family pets. If your pet is bitten or you suspect it’s been bitten, contact your local veterinarian immediately. Contrary to popular belief, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department does not perform rabies test. Pet owners should contact local veterinarians who may perform this task or give instructions as how to perform this task which requires severing, packaging and delivering the sample to the Texas Department of Health in Austin where rabies results may be obtained.

We have a fair amount of bald eagles, for whatever reason, that have chosen Lee County and surrounding counties to call home. These eagles feed along local creeks and Lake Somerville as well as roadside carrion and maybe a chicken or two. Not to be confused with the “Mexican Eagle” or Caracara, once one sees this bird, there’s no mistake in identifying it. Please leave this bird alone; it’s not worth the visit from the federal game warden.

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

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