Borderlands Research Institute for Natural Resources Management
Sul Ross State University
THCC's recent donation to the Borderlands Research Institute is assisting them with the restoration of the declining pronghorn population in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Populations in this area have been in steady decline since the 1980's. Following an 8-month drought in the Trans-Pecos during 2008, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) documented 2,000-3,000 adult pronghorn perishing in one of the most productive regions of west Texas. Since the drought, pronghorn populations have continued to decline and in an effort to restore numbers, TPWD, in conjunction with BRI, initiated a pronghorn translocation program. In 2011, 2013, and 2014 respectively, 200, 130, and 102 pronghorn were captured from viable populations in the Texas Panhandle, and translocated to sites within the Marfa Plateau and Marathon Basin.
Key aspects of determining the sucess and survival of these introduced
animals are: (1) monitoring movement using VHS/GPS collars,
(2) fawn production and survival using VHS/GPS collars, and
(3) predator control utilizing professional trappers and aerial gun-
For additional information on this important project, contact THCC.
To view a thank you letter from Sul Ross University.
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The Deer Breeders Corporation (DBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to the deer and hunting industries, is currently collaborating with Texas Tech University on developing research to identify genetic resistance to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a key step towards ultimately defeating the disease.
“Some organizations and researchers seem content to focus on creating new tests so the deer industry can better manage CWD, but we are pushing research in genetic resistance so we can eventually discover a means to actually stop the disease,” says DBC Executive Director Tim Condict.
Earlier this summer, the DBC first publicly announced its commitment to defeating CWD by partnering with TTU — as well as other universities, entities and individuals — to achieve that goal.
“Our collaboration with Texas Tech is the first major step in the process,” says Condict. “From landowners to hunters to wildlife enthusiasts to deer breeders, everyone can benefit more by defeating CWD than by simply trying to manage it. We invite all individuals, businesses, organizations and researchers, who want to be part of the solution, to join us in this program.”
“Defeating any disease is never easy,” he adds. “The truth is that we can do more than manage and test for the disease. If we work together and stay focused on the prize, we can defeat CWD once and for all.”
The DBC is a member-based organization founded to benefit deer breeders, ranchers, outfitters and wildlife enthusiasts. DBC is one of the most proactive associations in North America for providing unique and helpful benefits to its members, including feed rebates, an EHD vaccine program, free online auction, complimentary classified ads, scholarships, reasonable magazine advertising rates, auction sales, and much more.
For more information, call 972.289.3100 or visit www.dbcdeer.com
A few words about the project from Mark with Zambeze Delta Safaris (project leader):
Currently we have the highest game numbers in Mozambique per square mile, that includes national parks. The reason is simple, to us game has a value and we have a good anti poaching program. The numbers speak for themselves, I have done the Helicopter flying work for many years on the Zambeze Delta game counts. It is co sponsored by WWF and they have to date provided the scientists to do the count. I can provide you with contact details in order for you to get verification and statistics. Although all our game has increased incredibly, probably the most obvious with our concession are the sable, when we got there we only knew of 44 sable. Now we have in excess of 1500. Buffalo within the delta have gone from 1200 in the early 90's to over 14000 now. Every species has increased incredibly and now we boast having some of the largest game numbers in Africa per square mile. I can see you now thinking well why does he want funding for anti poaching then. Well its simple, outside of our block is very little game. So we are a huge magnet for poachers. I currently have a 22 man unit which is effective but if I am going to keep on seeing game increase, I need to up the game a bit.
My plan is to equip a 5 man quick reaction unit myself with a vehicle and the rangers all equipped and clothed. We have come up with a budget for salaries and fuel of $2000-00 per month. It will be fully accountable and I will personally be liable for it.
As for our area ( coutada 11) , we are in for the long haul and have just had a 10 year renewed contract signed with an option to extend for a further 5 years. We are used as the model concession and most new policies are tested with us first. For example the community meat quota. We instigated this and it is now a policy in Mozambique.
We have just completed a 3 class room school built of brick as well as a store room and ablution facilities. We are in the process of building 3 teachers houses now. Our next project will probably be a health center. We also have supplied a very successful community corn mill. All the above have given us fantastic community relations and at the end of the day conservation has benefitted.