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This is a challenging topic to discuss, and I would first like to review some things which are unique to Texas with respect to wildlife populations. These concern the importance of wildlife from a commodity standpoint Then I would like to delve into some areas which tend to be a little more philosophical and focus on the impacts of total wildlife management, including wildlife damage control. Historically in our nation, wildlife has had ups and downs; there are a number of success stories in terms of management but also some obvious failures. I would like to be positive today concerning wildlife management and still point out the areas where we need to be a bit more astute in our management.