Texas Parks and Wildlife

TPW Commissioner, Game Warden and Wildlife Biologist Recognized by TPW Commission

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (TPW) recognized a Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioner, a game warden and a wildlife biologist during today’s meeting for their contributions and efforts supporting the agency mission. Jeanne Latimer Received Special Recognition as Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner Former Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner Jeanne W. Latimer received special recognition for her contributions throughout her six-year term. Latimer was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on November 17, 2015 […]

Texas State Parks Working to Return to Normal Capacity

Texas State Parks have begun a strategic and thoughtful process of expanding capacity statewide, tracking Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest reopening order, and allowing more Texans the opportunity to visit their favorite parks. Masks are strongly encouraged for park visitors, especially when indoors or in areas where it is difficult to socially distance. Also, restrictions affecting group sizes have been lifted. “We’re excited to welcome more visitors to our parks,” said Rodney Franklin, director of Texas State Parks. “We […]

Commission Approves Changes to Texas Exotic Aquatic Species Regulations

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved changes to regulations regarding harmful or potentially harmful fish, shellfish and aquatic plants along with associated fee rules on Tuesday November 10. The changes not only impact permit holders, but there are several key changes relevant to the general public. These new regulations go into effect January 11, 2021. One of the regulations approved by the commission directly affects anglers who may catch exotic fishes such as tilapia […]

Wildlife Experts Encourage Bear Safety Amid Sporadic Sightings in Texas

As occasional bear sightings continue to crop up in the west and southwestern portions of the state, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) encourages residents to practice bear safety as the likelihood of spotting a bear in a populated area increases. Black bears are native to Texas and are a part of our natural heritage and the Texas ecosystem. On Oct. 16, a black bear sow and her cub were spotted in city limits […]