I thank Warren Ballard for bringing me back down here to develop as a wildlife scientist. I thank my wife Alicia for going with the flow and facilitating my project. I thank Roy Welch, Mary Humphrey, and others at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for having faith in us; I think you will see that your money was well spent and hope you are satisfied with our results and productivity. I thank the Houston Safari Club for personal financial support. I thank Larry Don and Grace Clark for extending such a gracious welcome to a fellow who was so clearly out of his element to start. I enjoyed watching and helping as a ranch-hand on occasion; it was fun to see real cowboys in action and refreshing to see that some men still understand and respect the land. The State of Texas would do well to see that men and women like Larry Don can afford to own and operate even a relatively small land parcel. In some landscapes, such “fragmentation ” could only be a good thing. The Texas Tech University Department of Natural Resources has been like a big family to me. I am grateful for good company and generous volunteer assistance; there are some characters around here for sure. See Chapters II–VI for more specific acknowledgments
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