Animal Welfare

Alyssa Fink

There's news of a significant birth out in the far reaches of the Hill Country that has nature lovers excited.

Actually, 25 births.

It's a Texas Parks and Wildlife program to encourage more horned toad procreation in the wild. Here's the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area's Jim Gallagher.

"It's a little tough with everyone crawling around at the same time, but it looked like 25 little hatchlings made it to the surface. Everybody's inside the cage like we hoped they would be," Gallagher says.

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The City of San Antonio officially reached 'No-Kill' status in December of last year, but recently fell below the 90 percent Live Release required to maintain that status.

However, Animal Care Services officials point out that they are still on track for reaching 90 percent again. Spokeswoman Lisa Norwood said that 'No-Kill' is not "Once and Done." 

 She says the live release rate dipped to 88 percent in April, but as the community works with the city, the rate is expected to go up again soon. She adds that No-Kill is a partnership goal with the community, and micro-chipping animals helps the effort by ensuring that if a pet gets away, it can be identified and returned to its owner or re-homed. 

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The City of San Antonio believes it's getting a handle on the stray pet population through its new microchip law that went into effect June 30.

And free microchipping is being offered Friday afternoon, August 7, at the city's Animal Care Services location on Hwy 151.

ACS Spokeswoman Lisa Norwood says the program provided a total of 5,000 FREE microchips this year, and almost 3,000 were  given in the first month to animal owners in key parts of the city.

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The Medina County Commissioners Court got an update on Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Texas Animal Health Commission Monday.

CWD is a rare, but deadly disease for deer. It’s not dangerous to humans. A deer that died on a Medina ranch was found to have CWD.

According to Medina County Judge Chris Schuchart, commissioners wanted the update from wildlife officials and let local deer breeders know they would be there.

A Texas hunter who paid $350,000 for the right to hunt a rare black rhino in Namibia has killed the animal. The hunt has drawn controversy and spurred debate over the best way to manage endangered wildlife.

Corey Knowlton won an auction last January for a hunting permit that would allow him to kill a black rhino weighing around 3,000 pounds.