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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Dec. 13, 2013
Bovine TB Monitoring Effort Expanded to Include Mule Deer and Elk
AUSTIN - Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) are seeking input on a cooperative effort to monitor for Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) in Texas, which would include sampling hunter-harvested mule deer and elk. The tissue samples used for this effort would be the same samples currently collected as part of the ongoing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) monitoring effort.
The expanded TB surveillance is in response to a bill passed during the 83rd Legislative Session charging the TAHC with conducting a study regarding the current risk level for TB in parts of El Paso and Hudspeth counties. As part of the study, susceptible animals in these counties will be tested for TB. Testing will include cattle, goats, sheep, swine, exotic hoof-stock, captive deer and free ranging deer.
Bovine TB is a bacterial disease found in cattle, but can also be found in deer. CWD is a progressive, fatal disease that attacks the brain of affected animals. Both diseases have the potential to affect the health of the state's deer population.
A public meeting will be held at Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m. Mountain Time at the courthouse in Sierra Blanca to discuss this expanded surveillance effort with landowners and other interested parties.
Hunters are being urged to take advantage of the opportunity to provide valuable test samples. All mule deer and elk harvested within the CWD Containment Zone, which covers portions of Hudspeth, Culberson, and El Paso counties, are required to be submitted for testing at mandatory hunter check stations within 24 hours of harvest. See map of CWD zones at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/cwd.
Mandatory check stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 16. Stations will be located in Cornudas at May's Café (on US 62-180) and in Van Horn at Van Horn Convention Center (1801 West Broadway).
Hunters who harvest deer in the Containment Zone outside the general season under the authority of MLDP (Managed Lands Deer Permits) will need to call TPWD at (512) 221-8491 the day the deer is harvested to make arrangements to have the deer sampled for CWD and TB.
In addition to protocols within the Containment Zone, TPWD has established check stations for voluntary sampling for deer harvested in other parts of West Texas.
Voluntary check stations will be established at the following locations Saturday through Dec. 14-16, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday:
--Midland at Naturally Fresh (Deer Processor) (1501 Elwyn)
--Bakersfield at Chevron Station (south of I10; Exit 294)
--Sanderson at Slim's Auto Repair (823 West Oak; Intersection of US 90 and 285)
--Alpine at Hip-O Taxidermy (east side of town on US 90, across from Dairy Queen)
More information on CWD can be found on TPWD's website, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/cwd or at the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance website, http://www.cwd-info.org.
Information on Bovine TB can be found on TAHC' website, http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/animal_health/cattle_tb/cattle_tb.html
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Marcos De Jesús, (512) 353-0072, Marcos.DeJesus@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Dec. 13, 2013
Winter Trout Fishing Coming to the Beautiful Llano River
AUSTIN--Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries will be stocking 2,400 rainbow trout into the Llano River near Castell, Texas, on December 18, 2013. This site is a recent addition to the popular winter trout program which provides Texans a unique fishing opportunity during the winter months. The trout will be dispersed among three public access sites along the Llano River down from Castell to ensure a wide distribution along this five-mile river stretch. The stocking sites will be the three river crossings at RR 2768, CR 102 and CR 103.
This stocking event was funded by a Llano County hotel/motel tax grant awarded to "Castell on the Llano," a reservation service managed by Karen Marion for ten bed-and-breakfast localities in Castell. "The award will be used to create a better fishing destination on the beautiful Llano River, while benefitting the hospitality industry in the county," said Randy Lefeiste, owner of Castell General Store. Besides the three public access points, the Castell General Store will provide free fishing access and will be a retail source for fishing goods, if you need a last-minute purchase.
TPWD District Fisheries Supervisor Marcos De Jesús said, "This partnership will open a new fishing venue for anglers seeking rural fishing experiences in the Hill Country of central Texas." This segment of the Llano River, slightly west of the historic town of Llano, offers great natural panoramic scenery. Castell offers all you need for a remote fishing getaway, whether it's lodging, equipment or dining year-round.
This fishery will suit all angler types, offering great opportunities for fly-fishing and those wishing to float the river for more than just trout. The Llano River is home to other species, like the Guadalupe bass, largemouth bass and white bass. "Fishing should be great any time of year in this stretch of river," said De Jesús.
A complete schedule for statewide winter trout stockings can be found online on the TPWD website, http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/trout_stocking.phtml
If you wish to learn more about trout fishing, a guide to winter trout fishing in Texas can be found online at http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_rp_t3200_1692.pdf
A valid freshwater fishing license is required for anglers 17 and older fishing in this stretch of river. Statewide harvest regulations apply. All fish and game regulations can be found online at http://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/.
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