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Aoudad Erradication in BB

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Offline z24mike

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Aoudad Erradication in BB
« on: October 11, 2009, 12:45:06 PM »
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Went out to our ranch this weekend and we were rudely interrupted by a helicopter full of Texas Parks and Wildlife Officials aerial gunning down aoudad. They disregarded our presence and herded aoudad from our ranch (private) onto the park and erradicated them. This makes me furious! One of my guides was on top of a mountain where the chopper hovered 20 feet above him and he had to crawl under a boulder in fear of getting shot!

No one was notified of the erradication and the park was trying to keep it under the table. Well now there is a major investigation underway and someone is going to be in big trouble. Now instead of going out and watching huge herds of 80 aoudad on the ranch all I smell is death  :icon_frown:

3 game wardens came out to take our statements along with parks officials. Seems that alot of people are against this erradication thing yet the park is still going arround all the loop holes and still doing it. Im just glad no one was hurt.

Thought I would share my weekend with you and I just had to vent!

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: Aoudad Erradication in BB
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2009, 02:35:25 PM »
Thanks for sharing.  TP&W is deadly serious about their bighorns and the non-indigenous aoudad is seen as an obstacle to the bighorn herds' reintroduction.

I wonder if the helicopter's occupants were the same rocket-surgeons who were involved in the burro killings.  You'd think they'd learn.

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Re: Aoudad Erradication in BB
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2009, 03:10:05 PM »
Aoudad's are the invasive species in the area, Big Horn Sheeps were the endemic animals to the place. It will be  a very big effort to bring them back to their natural habitat (BH's).

 Since Aoudads were introduced,pushing aside several species of wild game, i have no data as to the possible damage to the area plants, maybe these people are doing the best they can to fix the problem. However if they were shooting in your property tha is totally against private land rules.

 We are just venting here and there is a lot of information pending to be read somewhere to get to the bottom if it.

 Another option would be to poison the Aoudad's but that would put many dependant species on the brink of natural disaster.

  Big Horns are an Umbrella Species , for what i have read and thus help drive Earth's biochemical process.

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Re: Aoudad Erradication in BB
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2009, 03:38:44 PM »
Where they shooting from the Chopper on your land???
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Offline z24mike

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Re: Aoudad Erradication in BB
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2009, 07:53:58 PM »
sadly no proof of them shooting on our property but we watched them herd them from our ranch onto the state park then shooting them for about an hour  :icon_cry:

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Offline badknees

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Re: Aoudad Erradication in BB
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2009, 11:39:52 PM »
I'm not sure about BIBE, but the Texas Chapter of the Sierra Club endorses the "removal" of Aoudads from GUMO.
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Offline Terlingua50337

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Re: Aoudad Erradication in BB
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009, 08:12:40 AM »
The aoudad in the West Texas are like the feral hog in Central/East Texas. Invasive, destructive. Where the non-native species are the indigenious are gone. My 2 cents is good riddance. An uncontrolled aoudad population continues to damage a delicate system. Without control native species and native grasses will never make a come back in West Texas.

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Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Re: Aoudad Erradication in BB
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2009, 09:45:54 AM »
More power to TPWD.  Though is sounds like they could've handled the PR better.  And that smell of death, is probably just the aoudads themselves.  Those suckers STINK!

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Offline Sanjuro82

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Re: Aoudad Erradication in BB
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2009, 10:37:32 AM »
The aoudad in the West Texas are like the feral hog in Central/East Texas. Invasive, destructive. Where the non-native species are the indigenious are gone. My 2 cents is good riddance. An uncontrolled aoudad population continues to damage a delicate system. Without control native species and native grasses will never make a come back in West Texas.

Agreed.  Now I don't agree 100% with how TP&W is handling the situation, but something has to be done regardless.  The aoudads are very destructive to this type of environment.

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Re: Aoudad Erradication in BB
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2009, 10:56:27 AM »
They are invasive, my major issue is running them from any land I own or shooting from a helicopter into my land, I tend to return fire at anyone shooting at me.
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Offline Sanjuro82

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Re: Aoudad Erradication in BB
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2009, 11:12:11 AM »
Their lack of communication with the landowners is puzzling indeed.  My only guess would be that they talked to some other landowners in the area and then the aoudad didn't cooperate with the planned route and they took a detour through your property.

 


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