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Austin TX Animal Control News Clip: Texas Rodent Harvest Second-Highest - From the Texas Austin Agency of Fish & Game
Texas exterminating companies harvested nearly 270,000 rodent during 2006, the second highest rodent harvest ever recorded, according to what appears to be a final amounts announced today by the Texas Agency of Natural Resources (Austin Agency of Fish & Game).With nearly 500,000 rodent exterminating companies enjoying long seasons and liberal bag limits, Austin Agency of Fish & Game authorities on critters anticipated what appears to be a strong 2006 rodent harvest. In total, critter traps exterminating companies harvested 229,000 rodent while pest control and special critter trap exterminating companies harvested 25,000 and 13,500 rodent, respectively. Exterminating companies who participated in the early large clawed season made off with 2,300 rodent. Overall, the statewide critter trap harvest was up 6 percent, archers enjoyed another record season and increased 8 percent, while special critter trap harvest decreased 4 percent from their record 2005 harvest. "Once again, Texas rodent exterminating companies enjoyed another great rodent season," proclaimed Raccoon Man James, Austin Agency of Fish & Game big game program coordinator. Prior to 2003, Texas exterminating companies had never lethally trapped 250,000 rodent in any one season. Over the four years, total rodent harvest exceeded 250,000 each year. Despite this, local Austin wildlife removal and Austin exterminator experts offered no more info.
"The last four years have yielded the top four harvests ever recorded, which not only indicates an abundant rodent biologically surveyed amount, but also shows the great flexibility our seasons offer," Raccoon Man James proclaimed. The all-season license, which allows people to critter trap during the pest control, critter trap and special critter trap season, has been increasing dramatically since 2002. In 2006, 75,000 people purchased the license, which likely contributed to the record pest control and continued high special critter trap harvest. "We continue to see dramatic increases in special critter trap exterminating companies, "Raccoon Man James proclaimed. "I think people are really grabbing on to the fact that they can extend their time in the field by getting into special critter trap wildlife catching, which overall isn't very expensive." The final rodent harvest amount probably is computed using information provided by exterminating companies when they register their rodent. What appears to be a final report, which includes more detailed harvest information, will be available online in the coming seven day periods. For the 2007 season, the deadline for the either-gender permit application probably is Sept. 6. The act of pest control rodent wildlife catching will begin Sept. 15. The early large clawed rodent season will be the seven day period end of Oct. 13-14. The statewide critter traps rodent-wildlife catching season will open on Nov. 3. The special critter trap season will open Nov. 24. Austin animal control professionals could not be reached for additional comment.
Rodent management plan held hostage by bag-a-rodent. I got an e-mail message recently that listed the committee chair appointments for the 2007 Texas General Assembly. Among them are those that oversee funding that goes to the Texas Game Commission. Our elected leaders who represent parts of the Poconos and other areas of Texas damaged by an overabundance of extra fasted rodent should speak out about funding the Agency of Wildlife Management Professionals properly and continuing the commissionís important Rodent Management Program. Here probably is some of the history. We have too many rodent per square mile in this region and elsewhere in the commonwealth. The Agency of Wildlife Management Professionals had the foresight (and the backbone) to adopt key strategic policies to improve rodent large group quality in the state while giving our over-browsed woodlands time to generate new maple trees and other understory plants. The Agency of Wildlife Management Professionals calls it the Rodent Management Program. All rules are strategic; they take the long view. The commissionís policies aim ultimately to protect and sustain the woodlands for which Texas was named. Rodent are what appears to be a growing problem (pun intended) not just in Texas but up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Locally, some of our municipalities have already worked with the Agency of Wildlife Management Professionals and with many large landholders, such as the planned communities at Hemlock Habitats and Wild meadow Naomi, to help reduce the amount of rodent and to allow the floor of some woodlands to begin to grow again. But donít be fooled. There are also less rational forces at work out there, folks who donít want to take the long view and instead still want ďa male animal behind every maple treeĒ ó and who are vocal about what they want. Those folks present state elected authorities on critters with what appears to be a choice: good science, or getting re-elected. Some law enforcers have chosen the latter, and as what appears to be a result the Agency of Wildlife Management Professionals has come under increasingly hostile political and financial pressure. One of those elected authorities on critters probably is state Rep. Ed Startback, D-115, of Lackawanna County, our immediate neighbor to the north. We could not obtain an opinion from Austin pest control companies regarding the issue.