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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso's landmark Wyler Aerial Tramway, which has carried passengers to the peak of the Franklin Mountains for the past six decades, has been closed to public use indefinitely.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Tuesday that it has closed the Wyler Aerial Tramway after an engineering study found that the 2,400-foot-long, single-span cable tram with no support towers had exceeded its life expectancy.
BALMORHEA, Texas (AP) — A 1930s-era West Texas swimming pool built by the federal Civilian Conservation Corps and touted as the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool is shut indefinitely because the concrete floor is damaged.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to hibernating bats, has been found for the first time in Central Texas.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department revealed Wednesday that the fungus has been detected this year in four new counties, including Blanco and Kendall counties in Central Texas. The fungus was detected on cave bats, tri-colored bats, Townsend's big-eared bats and a single Mexican free-tailed bat.
MINERAL WELLS, Texas (AP) — State wildlife officials are hoping a necropsy will help them figure out how a large mountain lion wound up in a North Texas county where it was struck and killed by a car.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials say it's the first mountain lion spotted in Palo Pinto County in at least 15 years.
County Game Warden Matt Waggoner says the lion was a mature male and weighed about 200 pounds. He describes the cat as "just massive."
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is suspending saltwater fishing along parts of the Gulf Coast to protect coastal species amid plunging temperatures.
The decision Monday adds to the precautions for a cold front that has dropped temperatures into the 20s and teens. Texas Department of Transportation workers last week pre-treated 10,000 miles of roads to keep ice from sticking, but accidents have still racked up on slick highways.
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man has been indicted on two counts of killing bald eagles.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Friday that 82-year-old Jackie Brister, of Bend, Texas, had been indicted by a Lampasas County grand jury on the counts related to a January incident.
Brister faces additional charges on allegations that he captured and killed other protected non-game birds including several types of vultures.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas game wardens say the operators of two boats have been cited for failing to maintain a proper lookout after a collision earlier this month on a Lubbock-area lake that left a 1-year-old child dead and several people injured.
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State scientists say zebra mussels have been found at Lake Austin, the latest indication the invasive species is continuing to spread along Texas waterways.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says mussels were found Aug. 9 on flotation devices and a barge in Lake Austin.
It's not clear if they were transported to the lake by boat or if they spread downriver toward the state capital from Lake Travis.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials say 10 people died in water-related incidents across the state during the extended Fourth of July weekend.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says three of the deaths involved boating-related incidents, including a couple whose bodies were found in Lake Livingston in East Texas.
Game wardens also responded to seven non-boating related drownings on Texas public waters.
LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — Battleship Texas survived two world wars, but her latest mission is a fight against old age and decay.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department closed the vessel until further notice Sunday after maintenance crews performing an inspection reported a leak.
The ship's assistant superintendent, Stephanie Croatt (croe-AT), says repair teams worked into Monday to pump out water and patch holes.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has embarked on an environmental study to monitor the effects of oil and gas drilling on the springs that feed a famous pool at Balmorhea State Park in West Texas.
BENBROOK, Texas (AP) — Officials have recovered the body of a 17-year-old from a North Texas lake after the canoe he was in with two of his friends capsized.
Capt. Cliff Swofford of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said the teen went missing Saturday evening after the boat capsized in Benbrook Lake. The teen's body was recovered a few hours later.
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Changes to the commercial license program and more freshwater inflows have led to some of the best catches of blue crabs in Texas since crab numbers started declining in Galveston Bay in the late 1980s.
Rain and flooding have increased freshwater inflows, which benefit the crab population because the animals thrive in brackish water, according to Glen Sutton, a crab biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
PORT O'CONNOR, Texas (AP) — Crews working six miles off the Texas coast have placed 700 concrete pyramids on the Gulf floor to form two separate artificial reefs that officials say will enhance the marine habitat and lure anglers and divers.
Dale Shively, who leads the artificial reef program for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, says the last of the pyramids was put in place Saturday off Port O'Connor, an unincorporated community at the northern tip of Matagorda Island.
HOUSTON (AP) — State authorities say a prominent chef and restaurateur was involved in a scheme to illegally catch nearly 28,000 pounds of fish that was sold in Houston restaurants.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says 59-year-old Bruce Molzan purchased and then sold red snapper, grouper and other fish at two restaurants with which he's been associated.
The agency said Wednesday the operation netted more than $400,000 in profit.