Texas Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson is taking action to preserve an iconic cattle breed often associated with the state after the Texas Parks and Wildlife sold almost a third of the official state herd.
The official state longhorn herd consisted of 372 cattle preserved on state parkland. According to the Houston Chronicle most of the animals are kept at the 311,000-acre Big Bend Ranch State Park as well as San Angelo State Park and Fort Griffin State Park and Historic Site. Park officials made plans to cut the herd at Big Bend seven months ago from 149 to only 10 animals in a 3,000-acre pasture. As a result, the group has already sold 107 longhorns.
The proposed legislation, House Bill 3037, would prohibit Texas Parks and Wildlife from making any more reductions to the herd kept at Big Bend, but would allow heifers and calves to be sold.