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What is the Texas Wildlife Action Plan?

What is the Texas Wildlife Action Plan?

Texas Wildlife Action Plan (TWAP) 2005-2010 The 2005 Texas Wildlife Action Plan’s purpose is to provide a statewide “roadmap” for research, restoration, management and recovery projects addressing Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and important habitats.

How did the winter storm affect Texas wildlife?

Along the Texas coast many aquatic species perished during the storm, recreational and non-recreational species both suffered a loss. Some recreational species that were impacted include red drum, spotted seatrout, grey snapper, black drum and more.

What is the wildlife action plan?

State Wildlife Action Plans are developed by U.S. states and territories for conserving wildlife and habitat before they become too rare or costly to restore. In 2005, all 50 States and five U.S. Territories developed a State Wildlife Action Plan.

What is SGCN?

Along with species that have been afforded legal protection (Federal and State Listed Species) due to risk of extinction, Texas hosts well over 1,300 species that are considered to be Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN).

Why are the fish dying in Texas?

The most common cause of fish kills in Texas is low dissolved oxygen in the water. If there isn’t enough oxygen in the water, fish can’t “breathe”. While it can be the result of human activities, it is typically a natural occurrence.

Are deer freezing in Texas?

Introduced to Texas about eighty years ago, axis deer do not handle freezing temperatures well. Neither do many of the exotic antelope, bovines, and other kinds of deer that roam swaths of Texas, the epicenter of the nation’s exotic game industry.

What are other methods we can preserve the species?

Scientists tell us the best way to protect endangered species is to protect the places where they live. Get involved by volunteering at your local nature center or wildlife refuge. Go wildlife or bird watching in nearby parks. Wildlife related recreation creates millions of jobs and supports local businesses.

What are species of greatest conservation need?


  • listed as threatened or endangered;
  • experiencing threats to their life history needs or habitats;
  • few or low in abundance or distribution; or.
  • currently not rare but showing declines in abundance or habitat.

What killed all the fish in Texas?

SAN ANTONIO – The winter freeze killed nearly 4 million fish along the Texas coast in what officials are calling the largest fish kill event since the 1980s.

How many fish died in Texas freeze?

3.8 million fish
An estimated minimum of 3.8 million fish were killed on the Texas coast during the Feb. 2021 freeze event. This fish kill consisted of at least 61 species. Non-recreational species contributed to 91% of the total mortality in numbers of fish.

Can you shoot axis deer year round in Texas?

There are no closed seasons, bag limits or possession limits; and, they may be hunted at any time by any lawful means or methods on private property.

Can you shoot axis at night in Texas?

You must have landowner permission to hunt any exotics at night. There is a possible felony theft of livestock with out permission. Ive killed lots of axis in the bright light.