White-tailed deer are one of the most common mammals in Texas, but that wasn't always the case.
Wild Texas History
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.
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.
I've recently come across a couple of rare bear photos from the 1930s that I wanted to share.
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.
My research has focused on terrestrial mammals, but I've come across quite a few fishing photos along the way.
This selection of images focuses on South Texas cats, and highlights the number of animals killed by State Predator Control trappers.
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.