Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    8 Surprising Crimes On The Books in Texas

    We've all heard about the arcane laws that somehow still survive on the books. Hell, the fifth graph of the Texas Constitution says you can't hold office unless you "acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being." This isn't a post about those types of strange-yet-unenforced laws. Under Supreme Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Cleanup Continues in Galveston Oil Spill

    Quicker than you can spell environmental disaster, another major oil spill is affecting the Gulf Coast. This time, caused by the collision between a tanker and a barge that's shut down the Houston Ship Channel, according to reports. Crews from state and government agencies are working on cleanup af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Galveston Bay Closed to Shellfish Harvesting Due to Dinophysis

    The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of other things. Not because we want to go and eat all the oysters up, a la Lewis Carroll, but because right now is decidedly not the best time to go oystering in Galveston Bay. As of Thursday, parts of Galveston Bay will be closed to oystering due to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Suspected Burglar Can't Get Away from Flying Deputies

    Not only did an alleged burglar fail to escape with the goods on Monday, but his buddies left him, he was wrestled to the ground by his victims, and Harris County sheriff's deputies came swooping out of the sky. Talk about bad timing. The sheriff's department has been conducting routine air patrols ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    City Investigating Claims that Animal Planet Show Illegally Brought Bats into Salon

    Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care is investigating whether bats brought into a Montrose beauty salon in 2013 for the show Call of the Wildman violated a city ordinance. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lodged the complaint after reading a Mother Jones expose about how the sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Pair of Illinois Hunters Charged with Shooting Game Warden

    In the movie Meatballs Bill Murray's character warned Camp North Star visitors that hunting season had opened and that they should wear bright clothing and stay low. Hunters know that every precaution must be taken when hunting, but one game warden from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Wine 101 at Camerata & French King's Cake at Bistro Provence

    On Tuesday, December 31, The League of Extraordinary Brewers invites you to "A Craft Beer New Year." All proceeds will benefit the Brewery Incubator, created to assist Texas breweries establish their businesses. Enjoy a beer pairing dinner at 7 p.m. for $75, followed by the New Year's Party at 9 p.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Wet, Wet Day For Houston; HISD Cancels After-School Activities

    Nothing says "Houston" like a wet, sloppy morning commute, or a day maneuvering your way around street flooding, but today could have been worse. The Houston school district has cancelled all after-school activities, however. "All after-school activities, including athletic events, are canceled to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Game Wardens Investigating Galveston Boat Hit and Run

    So a hit and run is bad enough, but think about the badness of a boat and run. The phrase "boat and run" may sound the tiniest bit funny, but not if you let yourself imagine being out on the water in the Galveston Channel just past Seawolf Fishing Pier off of Galveston Island in the dark of night. Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Honky Tonk Blood Brothers Ride Again on Hunchback of Mexico

    Ed. Note: This article was written by Sonya Harvey. Guns. Knives. Ammo. Mexico. Prisoners. Hunchbacks. Hermanos. This is the stuff of spaghetti-Western legend in the making, which can only be thought up by Johnny Falstaff and Hank Schyma. The Honky Tonk Blood brothers and Houston musicians are up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Jordan Rethmeier: That's One Helluva Big Catfish, Dude

    Catfish for dinner!! For the next month and a half. That's what would have been on the menu at the Jordan Rethmeier home after he reeled in a massive ol' blue catfish at Lake Zebco this weekend, except he released the fish back to the (relative) deep. Lake Zebco, in Athens, is the Texas Parks & Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Texas' Forgotten Artificial Reefs: Six Great Photographs

    For the past 30 years, the Texas Artificial Reef program has been adding reef sites throughout the state's waters, with 68 reef sites in the Gulf of Mexico ranging from 40 to 360 acres in size. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department realizes most people haven't heard of the program. "The Texas Artif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Great Egret Found Walking Around Front Yards With An Arrow In It

    Great Egrets can be distinguished by their yellow bills and black legs and feet. And in Beaumont, they sometimes can be distinguished by the arrow sticking out of them as they wander through neighborhoods. Beaumont police say they received a call last week that a large white bird that "was going f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Chupacabras, Assault Rifles, and Busting Facebragging Hunters: True Texas Game Warden Adventures

    Among crime blotters in the state, two of the best belong to the Lufkin Daily News and the Wise County Messenger. But those are both private sector news sources. Our favorite "socialist" crime blotter comes from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, whose periodic Game Warden Field Notes is must ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    "Natural" Texas License Plates: The Mind Assumes Weed, And The Vanity Plates Deliver

    Ever on the lookout for more ways to praise the Lone Star State -- and the make a few more bucks in the process -- the people at are now offering "Natural Texas" vanity license plates. A field of weeds, the plates look like -- not exactly inspiring. To myplates, though, they shine: "Bl ... More >>

  • News

    September 6, 2012

    Cambodian Weed

    The invasive plant water spinach is banned in some states — and essential to Asian cooking. In a small village outside Houston, relocated Cambodians are growing and selling it across state lines, up North, out West, hoping to get rich.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Bastrop State Park, One Year After The Wildfire: Almost Ready For Its Close-Up

    Just about one year after a devastating wildfire that torched much of its 6,000 acres, Bastrop State Park is getting ready to show visitors its made a comeback. Symbolizing the recovery is "a shade shelter originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Bastrop State Park during the 1930s," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    As It Was Written: The Red Tide Riseth from Sea, Kills Thousands (of Fish)

    Some Biblical-type shit has struck Galveston, killing hundreds of thousands of fish and littering the beaches with their carcasses. The first dead washed ashore on Friday, and it wasn't until Monday afternoon that scientists gave this hidden killer a name: The red tide. It's composed of microscopic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Coast Guard Seized $100,000 Worth of Illegal Shrimp Last Week

    Only a couple of weeks prior to the Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season opening, the Coast Guard has been busy seizing thousands of pounds of illegally harvested shrimp in Texas waters. Last Monday, the Coast Guard Cutter Heron caught two shrimping boats hauling up their catches in closed water ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Galveston's Red Tide Appears to Have Dissipated, Oysters Recovering

    Photo by mintprofusionOysters affected by red tide are toxic to humans.​On January 27, two small portions of Texas Gulf waters were conditionally opened to shellfish harvesting after a red tide epidemic forced the indefinite closure of oyster season in October. San Antonio and Espiritu Santo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Drought Time: Five Fun Alternative Texas Water Spots When Rivers And Lakes Are Low

    Twin Lakes Scuba Park: There's a bus under that water​As we noted yesterday, the ongoing drought is kicking the ass of Texas rivers and lakes. The Guadalupe is just inching along, low in its banks, formerly underwater roots exposed, making toobing not the traditional summer romp it usually is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Very, Very Determined Mountain Lion Denied Chance to Eat President Obama in El Paso

    Dedicated mountain lion says Yes We Can, learns otherwise.​We know not the name of the mountain lion who was chased through the downtown streets of El Paso this morning, continuing to escape pursuers even with two tranquilizer darts in him. We only know the cat must have really wanted to see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Border War: Don't Drift Over To The Mexico Side Of Lake, Texas Warns Fishermen

    Watch out for the AK-47s on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake​You're out for a peaceful day of fishing on Falcon Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, and the next thing you know you're in the middle of an intense firefight, or you're being kidnapped, or turned into a junkie by ruthless drug ... More >>

  • News

    April 22, 2010

    Chron's Feelings Are Hurt

    HBO drama didn't celebrate Houston as best-est place.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    The Easy Way To Win A Bass Tournament: Stick A Lead Weight In The Belly Of Your Fish

    ​Wily criminal minds never sleep. Luckily for the forces of good and justice, neither do the dedicated men and women of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.Robby Rose, 45, a competitive fisherman from Garland, was playing (fishing?) in a bass tournament in Rockwall County last October. Appar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Silence Of The Hams

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThis was a pig at one time.​Sad to report that I'm not clever enough to have come up with that little pun on my own (or even, "It puts the BBQ sauce on its skin, or else it gets the hose again!" - a friend came up with that gem shortly afterwards). No, the credit fo ... More >>

  • News

    January 21, 2010

    Net Gains and Losses

    Is the Omega Protein company overfishing the most important fish in the sea?

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Coyotes And Bobcats Invade Area Yuppie Enclaves

    ​Back in 2004, we covered the battle of man vs. coyote in League City. Now it appears the wily canines have moved the battlefront closer to town.WestUInstantNews picks up the, um, tail: Coyotes and bobcats have recently been spotted prowling the border of Bellaire and West University Place, prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Texas Blind Salamander Blues

    Photo by Robb Walsh​The Texas blind salamander lives in a dark cave in San Marcos and doesn't see very well, hence the blues-guitarist moniker. It's also an endangered species. Blind Salamander Pale Ale from Rahr Brewery in Fort Worth is the first of a new series called "Rare Breed" beers. Eac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Sea Center Texas

    Photos by Brittanie SheyAbout an hour south of Houston on 288, in a modern residential neighborhood in Lake Jackson, stands Sea Center Texas, an aquarium and educational center operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. As aquariums go, it's not the state's fanciest, but it does include e ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 22, 2009

    “Barry Stone: Highway 71 Revisited”

    This photographer found plenty of life under the road

  • Music

    January 8, 2009
  • News

    August 24, 2006

    Hog Wild

    Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.

  • News

    January 27, 2005

    Love It, Fear It

    A Brit flourishes by studying Houston

  • News

    September 16, 2004

    Keeping It Real

    Spring Creek stands poised to ride into history, one way or another

  • Dining

    March 25, 2004

    Sex, Death and Oysters

    Beneath the muddy waters of Galveston Bay lies one of the greatest seafood treasure troves on earth

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    What He Said

    Houston's new top cop may bring his own language barrier

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2003

    Truth Hurts

    Two University of Texas graduate students record small-town Texas life in Truth I Ever Told

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Klan Comedy

    Plus: Driving Him Mad, Cable Curse, Gay Players

  • News

    December 28, 2000

    Fish Tales

    Rayburn's bass diminish as debates continue over pollution discharges

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Place to Canoe

    Armand Bayou Nature Center

  • News

    August 17, 2000

    Babe's Bad Night

    Feral hogs are on the increase. And so are those who hunt them.

  • News

    July 20, 2000
  • News

    April 6, 2000
  • Dining

    July 15, 1999


    Can't Buy Love -- or Armadillo

  • News

    January 14, 1999

    Killer Weed

    The life-suffocating Salvinia molesta has entered Texas waterways. It's green, fast and deadly.

  • Calendar

    October 16, 1997
  • News

    June 29, 1995

    Dead in the water

    Bothered by shrinking catches, growing regulations and a sense of frustration, Galveston Bay's shrimpers say that they, not the shrimp, are the endangered species.

  • News

    May 4, 1995


    The oil is gone from High Island, but the birds still come. So do the bird watchers.

  • Calendar

    March 17, 1994
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