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Blackbuck - Texas

Between Leakey and Junction. Naturalized population. Allegedly the Blackbuck is more numerous in Texas than in India. These animals certainly behaved as wild animals and not livestock or captive specimens.

Blackbuck - Texas
Pleistohorse, 6 Jul 2015
    • Pleistohorse
      Between Leakey and Junction. Naturalized population. Allegedly the Blackbuck is more numerous in Texas than in India. These animals certainly behaved as wild animals and not livestock or captive specimens.
    • jbnbsn99
      I've always heard that statistic too, but I've never once seen the actual data to back it up.
    • Pleistohorse
      True. I believe the state did a census of exotics in the late
      1980's. I think since then the Axis Deer and the Aoudad have probably become more common; Sika, Fallow, and Blackbuck less common and Feral Hogs much more common. Of course I have absolutely no data to back that up.
    • Arizona Docent
      Interesting photo. Do not forget there are also feral nilgai in south Texas.
    • jbnbsn99
      Yep, saw three in far south Texas.
    • elefante
      These are free ranging huh? Do people hunt them?
    • Pleistohorse
      They do. Outside of those animals found on public property (something rarer than free ranging Bison in today's Texas) the management of these animals fall to the landowner. A better term than wild or free-ranging might be low-husbandry...putting them on par with most native Pronghorn, Deer, and Javelina populations in Texas. Although the native wildlife receives state protection/management and is (theoretically at least) considered a public resource.
    • elefante
      Interesting.
    • jayjds2
      There is a legend (have no clue of its validity) about some wild snow monkeys that have been wild for decades, after escaping from a lab and reproducing. There are green iguanas in the Rio Grande Valley area.
    • Pacarana
      There is also a population of gemsbok and Himalayan tahr in New Mexico and sambar in California.
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