Scientists from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas are now studying Karnes County to help answer this perplexing question. The once plentiful Texas horned lizard has already disappeared from East Texas and is now declining in population in the rest of the state. The reason for this unfortunate trend is not clear.
In an effort to shed light on the question, Professor Dean Williams, of TCU, is now directing field studies in Karnes County. TCU scientists are meeting together with biologists from Texas Parks and Wildlife this week in Kenedy to discuss strategies to study Karnes County horned toads before they disappear from this area. The researchers are especially interested in studying in our area because of the presence of horned lizards as an urban wildlife species.
The findings from Karnes County will add tremendously to the information about horned lizards already under study on wildlife preserves. Ultimately, scientists hope to discover how people and horned lizards can live together.
The search is now on for study sites in Karnes County both in city and country settings. If you would like to suggest a study site for looking at horny toads in Falls City, Runge, Kenedy, or Karnes City please let the researchers know. You can contact the Horned Toad Club through Dr. Wade Phelps at 830-583-9891 or you can contact Texas Parks and Wildlife through biologist Ryan Darr at 830-393-2162.