Let’s put the “wildlife” back in Texas Parks and Wildlife. Birds, mammals, and reptiles get harmed by collisions with boats, entanglement and ingestion of plastics (especially fishing tackle), pollution of our waters, dredging and alteration of habitats by development. Aiding these animals is left to volunteer organizations, which must raise funds from public donations to do their work. We need our wildlife officials to take an active role in the rescue, transport, and rehabilitation of these animals to relieve the usually overwhelmed and underfunded NGOs.
Amos is a research fellow at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, in Port Aransas, and the founder of Animal Rehabilitation Keep.