Since the beginning of time, humans have progressively left a bigger and bigger ecological footprint. Upon settlement in what is now Texas, humans discovered wildlife in such abundance that it was said they could never be eliminated. Only a few short decades proved otherwise. Market hunters filled rail cars with game headed for metropolitan areas. Bustling cities filled their menus with opulent wild-game dishes. By 1900, wildlife such as Bison, Mule and Whitetail deer, Turkey, Antelope, elk, waterfowl, alligators, diamondback terrapin, wolf, and Bear had all disappeared entirely from the state. Fisheries had been completely diminished. The landscape, completely barren. Texas had a great debt to repay the environment it had over-harvested. The birth of conservation law enforcement, which began in Yellowstone, helped to pave the way to stop needless over-harvest and poaching in every state.
Explore wildlife uses such as, commercialization, eradication, nonnative introduction, habitat alteration. Discover necessary corrective management practices and reform aimed at benefiting wildlife and their habitat. See hundreds of full-color photos detailing species recovery in the Lone Star state.