These notes on wolf encounters in Harris County were found in the Valgene W. Lehmann papers at the Briscoe Center. They document the smaller red wolves, which are now the most endangered canids on the planet.
Wild Texas History
This story is an interesting slice of life from 1932, when an ocelot wandering into San Antonio might not be unheard of.
Ocelots were the pet of choice for the well-heeled celebrity or adventurous types in the mid-20th century.
This article shows that beaver were once prevalent enough in Big Bend to attract a greater demand from hunters.
The story of the extermination of the bison in the words of legendary Texas rancher, Charles Goodnight.
In 1925, Texas created 68 game preserves to save wildlife populations that had been decimated by over hunting in the 19th century.
In 1926, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram became enthralled by the tale of "Old Blackie" a large West Texas wolf that was apparently infamous in its day.
This ocelot raiding chicken coops is a little known piece of Gavleston history in the roaring 20s.
The landscape west of the Pecos River is much more arid than the brushy or jungle habitats we are used to seeing ocelots live in today.
Charles Goodnight saved the last of the Texas bison from extinction and never wasted an opportunity to tell his story.
The Ozona jaguar is one of the least reported on Jaguar encounters in the 20th century, but I have found mention in a couple of papers.
Uvalde and Kinney Counties are interesting habitats to consider for ocelots. They sit at the intersection of the hilly Edwards Plateau and the brushy South Texas Plains, creating an edge effect that promote an abundance of wildlife.
The Goldthwaite jaguar is one of the most northerly and well known jaguars in Texas history.
The grizzly bears’ historical range runs from Alaska through Texas and into Northern Mexico, but there is only one recorded instance of a grizzly actually killed in Texas.