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Budget Cuts May Force State Parks to Close

Here we go again. The legislative session is coming in January, and we're hearing the usual predictions of budgetary doom and gloom.  This year we are hearing that if the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department doesn't get the money it needs, nearly two dozen state parks may have to close.

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Seven People Charged With Fishing Fraud

Yes there is such a thing as "fishing fraud", and people who're caught doing it are in a heap of trouble.  The Brownsville Herald reports that's what seven people learned when fishing tournament judges caught them at it on South Padre island earlier this month.

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source: USS Texas BB35
source: USS Texas BB35
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Battleship Texas Dry Berth Plans On Hold

Because of the ever increasing costs of repairing the old dreadnought, plans to build a dry berth around the ancient Battleship Texas have been moved to the back burner - for now.  The old ship's future -- if it even has one -- is now in serious doubt.

The ship's managers are spending all the money they're getting from the state just to fix all the leaks and keep her afloat in her mooring at the San Jacinto Battleground State Park.

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via Flickr/striderp64
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Heavy Rains Bring Out the Urban Alligators

Yes the gators are going to town.  The endless heavy rains in Houston last week brought the usual floods and mosquitoes, but nobody expected to see alligators just a short drive from downtown Houston.

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No Rest for Texas Game Wardens

The Houston Chronicle reports the 500 or so Game Wardens at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are always on the go in the warm weather months, especially on holiday weekends.

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via Flickr/Al Pavangkanan
via Flickr/Al Pavangkanan
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B’Ship Texas Leaking — Is She Doomed?

The historic 100 year old Battleship Texas at San Jacinto State Park is fighting a new enemy, and she may not win this battle.  She's so rusty her hull is leaking. Worse, fixing this latest leak is like trying to save a dying man with a band-aid. It's sad to contemplate, but this most historic of all 20th century battleships appears to be doomed.

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via Flickr/Going Coastal
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TPWD Urges Boaters to Be Safe This Weekend

With the long Memorial Day weekend just days away, and with thousands of people heading for the great outdoors, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is busy promoting safe, responsible and sober boating on the state's rivers and lakes.

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Monster Size Catfish No Danger to Ecosystem

Because of the wettest winter and spring in years, east Texas lakes are at last back to their normal levels in most areas. "Full Pond", as state hydrologists say.  That means the fishing is better than it's been in years, and the State Parks and Wildlife Department is busy restocking the public lakes and waterways with all kinds of fish, including catfish. BIG catfish.

Officials recently released more than three dozen monster size blue catfish weighing 40 to 90 pounds into Lake Livingston, and they say there's no reason for concern about what the fish might to the fish populations or the ecosystems in the lake or downstream in the Trinity River.

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