2011-09-22 / Community Calendar

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

I’ve been getting calls about deer, especially fawns, which appear weak, disabled or malnourished. Unfortunately Mother Nature is putting a pretty good whammy on wildlife right now. Other species of wildlife are also down and it’s become survival of the fittest. With a shortage of food, water and cover, animals are forced to rely on their natural instincts and show up in places we wouldn’t normally see them. Remember, it’s illegal to possess protected wildlife, so call the 24 hour TPWD dispatch at 512-389-4848. They can assist in finding an area rehabilitator you can contact.

Don’t forget about pets and domesticated livestock either. They can fall victims to stress related injury and suffer just as well. Make sure domesticated livestock are properly watered and fed. Although everyone who owns livestock may not always agree on what constitutes proper care, make sure water and cover are accessible to the animal. Tying them on a short rope or chain isn’t the best; it only promotes water buckets getting knocked over.

Dove season is progressing right along with some hunters being successful. Again, late shooting seems to be the biggest problem. Doves may be hunted from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. If you’re not wearing a watch while hunting, it probably isn’t going to help if we meet each other afield and I hear the old familiar, “I didn’t know, or When did that change?”

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

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