Krause Ranch limits human interaction on the property and carefully manages grazing and hunting. The ranch works with Game Biologists to keep exotic populations balanced so that native species can thrive.
Wildlife management objectives focus on conservation of native species and monitoring of free-grazing exotic wildlife. Programs under development include habitat protection, animal population control, provision of supplemental water sources and feed supplements.
Wild hogs are among the most destructive invasive species in the United States today. Two million to six million of the animals are wreaking havoc in at least 39 states and four Canadian provinces; half are in Texas, where they do some $400 million in damages annually. They tear up recreational areas, occasionally even terrorizing tourists in state and national parks, and squeeze out other wildlife.
Texas allows hunters to kill wild hogs year-round without limits or capture them alive to take to slaughterhouses to be processed and sold to restaurants as exotic meat. Thousands more are shot from helicopters. The goal is not eradication, which few believe possible, but control.*
A lifelong goal for Gary Krause has been to leverage his efforts by educating the general population about the importance of conservation practices and the value of preserving native Texas habitat. To that end, the Krauses are working through lawyers to establish a conservation easement to ensure that the land will always be preserved as a natural wildlife habitat free from land fragmentation. Protection of the aquatic habitat is of utmost concern, as is the goal of keeping the West Fork of the Frio River private and non-navigable. Working with other local landowners, state and federal agencies, and local law officials, Gary Krause has taken a leading roll in land preservation through control of trespassing and pollution as a result of human activities.
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