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Texas Camping Wildlife [QUIZ]

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Now that the weather is nicer there will be more time spent outdoors. With camping, hiking and other outdoor activities an encounter with one of these animals is a possibility. Can you guess these animals seen in Texas by their description?

1. An endangered species, sightings are rare in the Hill Country and an expanded population in this area is not expected. They are most often seen in South Texas along the Rio Grande from Del Rio to below Laredo. Although not considered a risk to humans, they are a risk to your food supply, especially your picnic basket.
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2. Although they may not look scary, their razor sharp tusks combined with their lightning speed can cause serious injury. They are considered prolific and are a major nuisance.
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3. Known for their short tails and most often seen in the southern or desert part of the state. Attacks on humans are rare as long as they are not rabid. There have been reports of attacks on cats or small dogs. This species is shy and active at night. If you do see this cat, avoid running, back away slowly, make a lot of noise, and if at all possible try spraying it with water.
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4. Strong swimmers and running with its tail down are characteristics of this species. They are aggressive towards livestock and domesticated animals, they are generally not a threat to humans. Reports of people being bit by this animal is attributed to being it being cornered.
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5. This bird travels in flocks and has been known to attack humans and their cars by pecking. When they are comfortable they are more likely to become aggressive, feeding them is not a good idea. The best way to handle these birds when confronted is to act boldly towards them.
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6. Sightings of this species are rare except in the Trans-Pecos area. If you do see this animal, immediately pick children off of the ground. Try to talk calmly, walk away slowly but do not turn your back. If the animal starts acting aggressive it is best to stay on your feet, raise your arms to appear bigger, yell, and throw anything you can at it. If you are attacked, fight back.
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7. Found mostly in the southern and eastern part of the state, staying close to bodies of water. Rarely does this animal chase people, an indication of being fed by humans and should be reported. They are carnivores so keep pets under your control in the event of an encounter. If you hear a hiss you are to closer than the recommend distance of 30 feet.
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8. Common in the Hill Country this is the only flying mammal species. Rarely do even the occasional rabid ones become aggressive. They are considered beneficial because of their diet of mosquitos.
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9. Having several sub species such as Red or Grey, most common to the Hill Country is the Grey. Not considered a threat to humans, their diet consists mostly of rodents and vegetation.
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10. Attracted to waste, they have a varied diet. These rodents nonaggressive but are known for throwing quills. The quills are usually non-lethal and bury themselves deeper into skin as time passes. Removal is said to be expensive at a veterinarian.
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