YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Where do wildlife live?
By Gene Hall
Texas is home to a great wealth of wildlife species. They live mostly on private property in a state that is more than 97 percent privately owned.
Property owners have learned to manage this resource like any other crop. When property owners manage for hunting, there’s a direct benefit on several levels. Ranchers receive income, even when other crops are struggling. Small communities benefit with jobs and business from food to fuel to ammunition sales.
And wildlife is better off, too. If you’ve never seen the result of overpopulation in wildlife, especially deer, it’s not pretty. Too many animals can strip the landscape of food and cause widespread starvation. Hunters replace some of the apex predators that urbanization has forced out of many hunting ranges.
Some kinds of wildlife can do a great deal of damage, encroaching on areas where they interact with people. Managing these populations is the responsibility of private landowners and the hunters they work with every year.
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