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Wildlife

The Hill Country is an incredibly ecologically diverse landscape that is home to native species found nowhere else in the world. Land stewardship, protection of open space and thriving populations of wildlife go hand-in-hand — healthy populations of native wildlife demonstrate that your land is part of a functioning ecosystem. Documents and links on this page provide information on native Hill Country wildlife species and managing land for wildlife.

Wildlife News

Chronic wasting disease continues to spread

An always-fatal neurologic disease is contributing to declines in Western deer and elk herds and raising the possibility of local extinctions. Bryan Richards, chronic wasting disease project leader within the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center, has seen clear patterns of increasing spread and prevalence. "Where it's established, it's spreading and growing," he said. "We…

CEMEX to partner in county wildlife conservation plan

Will Wright | Herald-Zeitung | Comal County Commissioners recently approved steps to formalize an agreement between the county’s Regional Habitat Conservation Plan and CEMEX Construction Materials South, which will establish wildlife protection for endangered species adjacent to the CEMEX quarry site. County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the agreement pledges CEMEX’s participation in the RHCP, which protects habitat…

Texas Sues to Kick Bird Off Endangered Species List

The Texas General Land Office and Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank, are suing the federal government to take the golden- cheeked warbler off the endangered species list. Their lawsuit, filed on Monday, argues that the golden-cheeked warbler isn't really endangered and that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service hasn't considered recent scientific evidence that…