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Texas Wildlife Information:
Texas State bird: Northern mockingbird
State mammal: Nine-banded armadillo, Texas longhorn, Mexican free-tailed bat
State reptile: Texas horned lizard
State amphibian: Texas Toad
State fish: Guadalupe bass
State insect: Monarch butterfly

Texas, the second largest state in the United States, has multiple climate regions, and thus very unpredictable weather patterns. Not only can Texas have tornados, it can be hit with devastating hurricanes or extended periods of drought. West Texas often sees snow, whereas East Texas is almost always hot and dry. Some areas receive ample rain; some areas receive none. All of this variability means any animals living in Texas need to be ready for just about anything.

The regions in Texas where vegetation is scarce and the sun beats down are the prime locations for the many different lizard species living in the state. Of those, the Texas horned lizard spends its days eating the ample supply of ants which also thrive in the dry environment. The desert tortoise also likes to spend time out in the sun, eating prickly pear fruit. Unfortunately, these critters who love to be out in the open are often prey to one of Texas’s largest nuisance animals, the coyote. More a bane to farmers, coyotes are opportunistic creatures, smart enough to evade capture and devious enough to break through inadequate fencing. Other large Texas predators, like the cougar and the bobcat, tend to be leery of people, spending most of their time in the scrub forests surrounding rivers like the Rio Grande.

A lack of large predators does not give the state any break from nuisance animals, however. Just like other, smaller states, Texas has significant issues with rodent infestations, including that of rats, mice, and squirrels. Another small animal pest, though not a rodent, is the Mexican free-tail bat, a common creature in the Texas skies at dusk. Bats love to take up residence in attics around the region, and because most areas in Texas are mild during the winter months, the bats will remain all year.

Armadillos also make their presence known in yards around the state. Texas is naturally dry, and a lush yard, which is likely irrigated, will hold a much more enticing amount of bugs for the armored critter. An armadillo can do serious damage to a yard in just one night. If that’s not enough, Texas has a good number of both venomous and non-venomous snakes, all of which will be drawn to places with water supplies; aka: pools and ponds.

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Texas Wildlife Removal News:
Pest unwanted Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters explodes at Texas. Texas is exploring Eastern Gray Squirrel management options, such as culling and a contraceptive plan. There are too many Eastern Gray Squirrel and not enough resources to support them. Pest unwanted Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters have exploded in urban areas across the country in recent decades due to human actions, and Central Texas is no exception. At Texas Wilderness Preserve, a nature preserve in west Austin managed by St. Edward's University, there are roughly five times more Eastern Gray Squirrel than the preserve can support, Education and Land Manager at Texas The wildlife removal professional declared. Texas obtained a scientific permit and hired a company, Wildlife Research and Management, to remove Eastern Gray Squirrel for scientific research but is exploring other options, such as contraception. "We have scientific documentation demonstrating the over-number of pest critters and their effects and have a pest removal permitted 'biological service' to remove them from Preserve lands," The wildlife removal professional declared.

From an ecological perspective, removing Eastern Gray Squirrel is a humane option because the Eastern Gray Squirrel are unhealthy. "These Eastern Gray Squirrel are literally on the brink of death, so many of them are not healthy," The wildlife removal professional declared. "When the number of pest critters are this dense, it's impossible for them to have a healthy number of pest critters." Pest unwanted Eastern Gray Squirrel overnumber of pest critters has been an issue in Central Texas for decades, The wildlife removal professional declared. "This is a long-term issue within all this part of Central Texas. It doesn't necessarily have to do with anything that's changed recently," The wildlife removal professional declared. Historically, large predators such as wolves and mountain lions, and a parasite known as the screw fly served as natural number of pest critters controls to keep Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters at bay. Large predators lost habitat due to urban growth and the screw fly was intentionally eradicated in the 1970s by researchers at Texas A&M and the University of Texas, The wildlife removal professional declared. Urban development in Austin isolated small pockets of dense urban neighborhoods, such as the Texas, ideal habitats for Eastern Gray Squirrel. But food sources are limited in those small areas, and without any natural means of number of pest critters control, Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters are growing rapidly.

Overpopulation of pest critters stresses other rat bait and animal species, as the Eastern Gray Squirrel eat some rat baits, such as the Texas peanut butter, faster than the rat baits can regenerate. "Because we have such an overnumber of pest critters of Eastern Gray Squirrel, there is not a regeneration of oak species," The wildlife removal professional declared. "Trees are approaching end of their life span ... we are really at what is considered the climax of the urban neighborhood." Researchers at Texas are struggling to come up with a solution to curb the Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters down to a stable level, for the sake of the Eastern Gray Squirrel as well as other native rat baits and animals such as the Texas Peanut butter. "The problem is so broad and beyond our reach that it's not even a financial issue. You couldn't spend enough money to resolve the issue," The wildlife removal professional declared. Instead, the issue is political, according to The wildlife removal professional. Pest unwanted Eastern Gray Squirrel are protected and managed as a game species by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (Wildlife Removal Agency), and the state agency relies heavily on revenue from Eastern Gray Squirrel problem animal removing pest removal permits, The wildlife removal professional declared. "From a financial sense, it's not in their [Wildlife Removal Agency's] best interest to limit the number of Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters because that would limit their source of revenue," The wildlife removal professional declared.

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