Category Archives: Wildlife

Invasive zebra mussels infest Grapevine Lake, Texas Parks and Wildlife reports



These Zebra mussels are hanging on a simple rope, with their depth attributable to their ability to attach to each other as well as other native mussels. (Leslee Bassman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local entities are encouraging boaters to take steps to ensure that an expected infestation of zebra mussels at Grapevine Lake does not interfere with water intake or cause environmental damage.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in June announced a juvenile zebra mussel and microscopic larvae were found at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-operated lake. Zebra mussels are an invasive species that pose an ecological and economic threat, damage boats and threaten a city’s water supply by clogging pipes.

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Grapevine’s Sea Life Aquarium releases first sea turtle patient back to the ocean



The green sea turtle Pancake was released back to the ocean following a surgery and six-month recovery. (Courtesy Texas Sea Life Center)

Following a six-month stay, the Sea Turtle Rescue Center and Rehabilitation Hospital at Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium released its first patient, a green sea turtle named Pancake.

On May 5, Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium opened as the first North Texas aquarium with a hospital permitted to rehabilitate and release injured sea turtles back into the wild.

Pancake was sent to Grapevine to recover from a recent surgery for a contagious disease that causes tumors.

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Shark attacks Lakeview boy swimming in Lake Pontchartrain

A shark bit a Lakeview boy swimming with his family in Lake Pontchartrain Friday afternoon. The attack happened off of Southshore Harbor.

Shelly Trentacosta said her family had borrowed a friend’s sailboat and ventured out into the lake. With conditions calm and the water clear, it was a much better day for swimming than sailing, so the boaters decided to anchor up and take a dip.

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Bobcats spotted roaming in North Texas neighborhoods

By: Staff

Videos out of The Colony and Plano show bobcats on the prowl in neighborhoods. And while they won’t go after humans, they are a danger to small pets.

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Wildlife experts say this is a prime time of the year where you’re likely to see bobcats.

Dan McNew was on citizen patrol last week near South Colony and Blair Oaks in The Colony when he caught video of a bobcat creeping.

Read more and watch the video from Fox4News…

Escaped Flamingo Who’s Been Loose for 13 Years Spotted in Texas


Photo: Texas Parks & Wildlife

A flamingo who’s been on the lam for more than a decade has been spotted in Texas again. 

The African flamingo escaped from a Kansas zoo in 2005 after zookeepers failed to clip its wings. The bird has been seen in several states since then.

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What? Sea turtles joining longhorns and horses in the North Texas animal kingdom?

In North Texas, where longhorns and quarter horses are a common sight, Pancake sticks out.

First, she’s a green sea turtle, a reptile native to the Texas coast who possesses a wide smooth shell.

And she has green skin.

Read more from the Star-Telegram…

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