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2011-06-16 / General Stories

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

I’m receiving calls every week in regards to finding abandoned fawns. PLEASE LEAVE THEM ALONE! White-tailed does are the best and worst mothers in the world. Baby fawns will wander around with mother not too far behind. Just because you don’t see her doesn’t mean she’s not there. Mother Nature has a way of ensuring the circle of life continues without our help.

Also, remember it is illegal to possess white-tailed deer without proper permits, no matter how cute they look or how scared they look. If exigent circumstances persist, contact TPWD 24 hour Communications at 512-389-4848 or surf the TPWD website for the closest licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Lake Somerville was somewhat quiet this past weekend after the big Memorial Day hoopla. It was hot, no, I mean really hot! Boaters chose to sit in the water rather than fight the sun’s blistering rays. If this continues, you’re going to see game wardens doing the same thing about 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The only reprieve from the sun came in the late afternoon hours as showers and thunderstorms made their way across the lake from the north.

A report from Birch Creek State Park personnel about a fish kill in the Birch Creek Forest Subdivision proved correct as dozens of different type fish bellied up. This small body of water is cut off from Birch Creek and Lake Somerville because of the drought.

No other reports have come in but area landowners should be monitoring their stock ponds because once it decides to turn, it won’t take long. Bring waders, hip boots and dip nets to gather fish otherwise birds of prey and scavengers will have their own feast.

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