PBS SHOW – Mountain Lions, Green Turtles, Ladies that Hunt, #2819
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PBS SHOW – Mountain Lions, Green Turtles, Ladies that Hunt, #2819

February 18, 2020

– NARRATOR: Coming up on
Texas Parks and Wildlife…
– They are so mysterious. People don’t see them. – This year with the huge
influx, people aren’t used to seeing this many turtles. We weren’t used to
seeing this many turtles. – Anytime you see one getting
even a little bit close, your heart starts racing. [laughs] [gunshots] [theme music] ♪ ♪– NARRATOR: Texas Parks
and Wildlife,
a television series
for all outdoors.
[tracker beeping] – Nobody knows anything about
what the hell is going on with mountain lions out here. They don’t. Mountain lions are out here and that’s all that people know. [sniffing] [intriguing music] They are so mysterious. People don’t see them. They are like little cat yetis. Okay, take away
that cat yeti thing. – WOMAN: Brilliant. – BERT: Cat safety is our
most important priority. As the cat walks through here, it’s going to step here, here, here, and it’s too far a reach
to go over there, so he’s just going to
go right here. [snap] And get caught in the snare. [intriguing music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [snap] [lion growls] We have to be very careful. You can see what we have here. [music] [cat hiss] [cat hiss] [intriguing music] [air gun] [cat hiss] Time? [intriguing music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ That’s good. That’s pretty snug. [intriguing music] Hey doc, take a look. What do you think? [indistinct whispering] [intriguing music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ – We’ve captured 25 adult
and subadult mountain lions over the last 10 years. We’ve put GPS collars on, and then we’ve also caught
four kittens. – Yeah, he’s plenty big. – DR. HARVESON: When a mountain
lion is born, it will stay with its mother and nurse
for two months, and then stay with its mother
for another year or so learning to hunt. And then after a year-and-a-half
to two-years-old, the mother will leave them. Then you have a subadult
lion that has to find its own territory. The dispersing subadults
that we’ve had, the’ve gone very long distances. We had one travel from the
Davis Mountains almost to Big Bend
National Park. The data from our collared
adult mountain lions have an average of about 150 square
miles for their home range, but we had up to a 400
square mile home range. – Going in on a kill with
the cat present, I mean it’s a little
nerve racking. You can’t help but just
feel the eyes on you. So yeah when you’re going in on
those fresh kill sites knowing that it’s still there, that it
stealthily took down this full grown deer, and it’s
watching you just the same. [intriguing music] Yeah, my folks I think are
more freaked out than I am about anything. But as they should be. As parents should be. [laughs] Using these collars can find
out what they’re eating and what they’re doing out here. [dramatic music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ – Mountain lions are unregulated
in terms of their harvest in Texas. They can be trapped,
they can be shot, there aren’t any limits on the
number that you can kill or your methods of take. With a sample size of 21 cats, survival was about a 53% annual
survival for the cats that we had collared. The biggest mystery to me is how
this population continues to persist in the Davis Mountains. What is it, what’s that
mechanism that’s keeping these animals still here, this
population still around? Is it immigration
from the south, from Mexico and Big Bend
National Park? Is it immigration
from the north? Is it isolated populations
of high surviving females? Mountain lions symbolize
mystery, they’re mysterious, they’re elusive,
they’re secretive, but they’re amazing animals. [dramatic music] This population in west Texas
has remained here for centuries. Understanding how it’s still
here, making sure it continues to still be here. That’s an important thing. [dramatic music] ♪ ♪ [waves crashing] [wind blows] [upbeat guitar music] – DR. DONNA SHAVER: This
is the Packery Channel. It’s in south Texas. The Packery Channel divides
Mustang Island on the north and North Padre Island
on the south. It is a very important habitat
for juvenile green turtles. My name is Dr. Donna Shaver
and I’m chief of the division of sea turtle
science and recovery at Padre Island National Seashore and I’m also the Texas
coordinator of the Sea Turtle Stranding and
Salvage Network. People often times don’t
think about sea turtles being in our Texas Waters. It’s only been within
about the last 20 years that our numbers have shot up. [somber piano music] The green turtle was once
commercially exploited in Texas. They were captured and they
were butchered in canneries right here in Texas. The good news is though that the
green turtle is rebounding in Texas, but we’ve got a
moving target here of greatly increasing numbers of
green turtles being found stranded in Texas each year. Oh, I hope we can
find this turtle Mac. – MAC PURVIN: The call said
just a while south of the uh. – DR. SHAVER: Thank goodness
somebody called it in.– NARRATOR: Dr. Shaver, and
marine biologist Mac Purvin
are responsible of rescuing sea
turtles on south Texas beaches,
and they’ve been
busier than ever.
– The Packery is of course like
a great place for fishing and recreation. We’ll get a lot of
entangled turtles. These jetty rocks,
they’re perfect. They’re covered in algae. The turtles love to eat
the algae off of them. They’ll get stuck in the
sea rocks themselves. So that’s the two main source
of standings we’re getting. – Right in there. Get this done quick. The water’s coming in. Be careful. – Yeah here it is. – DR. SHAVER: Did we get it
in time; is it alive? – It’s deceased unfortunately. We’ve had record breaking
months of stranding since May. Uh, May, June, July, August
we’ve broken every record. – In a normal summer though, it’s generally a slower time for
our green turtle strandings. – MAC: This year with the huge
influx people aren’t used to seeing this many turtles. We weren’t used to
seeing this many turtles. – DR. SHAVER: So, it’s vital
that Texans know that sea turtles are all threatened
or endangered species. We had to embark on a very
intense educational effort. It was all hands-on
deck fire alarm. We had to get out here
quickly to initiate efforts. – MAC: We had to get
together pamphlets, educational materials. We’ve been posting signage
that lets people know not to touch the turtles or harass
them in any way. – If you see any turtles in
distress, give us a call. – MAC: We send down volunteers
and park service representatives and we talk to the
public out here. – If I could give this to you.
– Yes ma’am. – CAROL: If you see anything,
please give us a call. We appreciate your help. – Thank you so much.
– Thank you. – ANGLER: Have a good morning. – CAROL: I come out in the
mornings or on the weekends and I walk up and down the
Packery Channel jetty on the southside looking
for stranded turtles. I’m finding more and more
fishing line where it’s been improperly disposed of. This all creates a
hazard for our turtles. Sometimes I have
to cut the line. In the past you’d come down on
low tide, you may see few, but you didn’t see that many. This year you can look every 10
feet and you may see 10, 20, sea, green sea turtles. – MAC: Any sea turtle on the
beach generally has something wrong with it. Those are important to
call us, collect, and bring over to rehabs. – MAN: You got him. Ok put him down.– NARRATOR: Rehab partners like
the Texas State Aquarium in
Corpus Christi, Texas work
with Dr. Shaver’s team
to make sure the rescued
turtles are healthy before
they are released back
into safe waters.
– JESSE GILBERT: This is the
Texas State Aquarium’s Wildlife rescue center in Corpus Christi,
TX and this is one of the most robust centers
in the state, where we take in
marine mammals, sea turtles, and then
shorebirds and raptors. – JESSE: So, about a week ago,
a large presumed male green sea turtle was found on Padre
Island National Seashore. It has a significant amount
of monofilament around its right front flipper. He’s been here a week. Showing some improvement. He’s got some fight to
him which is really good. I think prognosis is guarded
whether or not we’ll be able to keep that flipper intact or
if we’ll have to amputate it. The good news is even with that
flipper amputated that turtle most likely still be a
candidate for release. Typically, on a release day
we get started about 7:00 in the morning. Again, we’ll clear the turtle. We’ll scan it, make sure
it’s the right turtle. We then transport it to
wherever it’s going in a conditioned vehicle. If it’s in the winter, we kind
of try to keep the vehicle the same temperature as
the water so the animal isn’t shocked when we
get to the location. – Amy smile! – AMY: Ok! – JESSE: From there it will
either be transferred to a boat. We go try a place that’s nice
and calm that has a lot of algae for the green sea
turtles to eat. Once we find that location,
we’ve got some kind of secret locations where that, that
really works out well. We’ll just release
them from there. [upbeat music] – MAN: [whistles] Look at that. – WOMAN: I know. – AMY: Yes! – WOMAN: Nice. – DR. SHAVER: Somebody that
hasn’t been to the Texas coast in 20 years, they’re in for a
treat because if you’re patient and you watch you’re going get
to see green turtles swimming and being a green turtle. Enjoy the beautiful resource
we have of having a natural aquarium, green turtles
swimming and enjoying our south Texas waters. They can do it safely. We can have a balance of people
and turtles inhabiting this earth, but it requires
education and some careful actions with our citizens. [acoustic guitar music]There are more ways
than ever
to help Texas Parks
and Wildlife
protect the outdoorsthrough the Conservation
License Plate program.
More than nine million dollars
has been generated from the
sale of these plates,funding wildlife research
and big game restoration,
protecting native species
and their habitats,
studying fish populations
to improve Texas fishing…
– GUIDE: How ya like that?!…improving state parks
through reforestation
and other projects.– VOLUNTEER: We got one! – WOMAN: Yes, yes! [honk, honk]Every plate on a car, truck,
trailer or motorcycle
means more money to support
wild things and wild places
in Texas.[geese honking] [hunter calls geese]– NARRATOR: This is a goose
hunting story about
two Laurens.Lauren Carley…– LAUREN CARLEY: I like to do
different things. I like to do new things.– NARRATOR: A new hunter
and a nature lover.
– CARLEY: All right guys… – CHILD: I’ve been down there! – Do you all want to see some
grapes that actually grow wild here, yah?!– NARRATOR: And Lauren
anavid hunter,a busy mom and a 9-to-5er
eager for the escape. – Get out ya know away from
the computer screen, stop picking up the phone,
stop clicking the mouse. [goose call]– NARRATOR: Both are here for a
special women’s only
goose hunt.[goose call]Setting their sights on
a new outdoor experience.
[shotguns fired] [geese honking]– NARRATOR: It’s early December
and amongst some
coastal farmland, local guide
Nick Stillwell takes a peek
at tomorrow’s hunting spot.– NICK STILLWELL: We’re out here
south of Bay City, lookin’ good, lotta
of Snow Geese. Anywhere from ten to twelve
thousand birds been coming in here! Anytime you hunt Snow Geese,
you never know what they are gonna do,
they’re the smartest bird out here so I’m always nervous
hunting these birds. [geese honking] – LABORDE: I’m ready
to shoot some geese!– NARRATOR: It’s four in the
morning and the ladies
are a short ride from
the decoy spread.
– NICK: Yeah, if I can find that
ridge, it’s a little ridge, little sandbar. Put em into the wind, you
kinda just give em a little pop like that. And that wind will
catch it and move it, and all that good stuff. – CARLEY: This is all new,
this is all new to me. Mmmm, that’s not gonna work! I ugh, I am actually kind
of sick I’m so nervous, I’m so nervous about
everything that’s going on, I really don’t know
what to expect. – It’s warm, I think
I’m overdressed, um, 66 degrees this morning
is pretty warm.– NARRATOR: For Lauren Laborde
this time outdoors
is a much needed break.A break from here.[keyboard clicks] – LABORDE: So I work for a
gas company and I do contract compliance. What was going on with the
schedule for the platform prep. [chair creaks] It’s tedious work, um,
it’s a lot of reading, a lot of e-mails. So they’re still at the dock,
they haven’t left. It’s not as exciting as being
in the field and getting to go hunting or anything
like that. [Braelyn laughs] – NARRATOR:The excitement’s
picked up considerably
on the home front with
15 month old Braelyn.
– Hey, you hungry,
you want to eat or do you want to help dada?– NARRATOR: Dad is Todd,
both work full days.
So life is busy.– Quick meals, nothing that
takes a lot of time. – We still have all of the geese
from the shoot, we still haven’t been able
to actually cook them. – We got em so we were gonna
make gumbo but… – LABORDE: So there’s
the geese back here. – Braelyn decides to interrupt
every time we try. – But Todd really wants to do
like a goose gumbo. – It’s all about the roux. – BRAELYN: Coooo. – LABORDE: There you go!– NARRATOR: With such a
full schedule,
escapes to the outdoors
are a priority.
– It’s because we’re an
awesome team and I have the best husband
in all the world… – Aww, thank you honey! – …that let’s me go
goose hunting and watches the baby and… [uplifting music] I don’t think there is any other
way that I could live life, you have to have that balance. [bird calls] When dawn breaks and you’re
layin’ flat on your back and your lookin’ up at the sky and you’re hearing all
the little critters. [hunter calls ducks] Ya know, that’s when I think
the calmness comes in. NICK: Keep real still when
we’re decoying birds, don’t be fidgeting and wait
for me to call the shot. I’ll say take ’em,
and that’s about it. [dog whimpers] Lay down! [geese honking] Wow look at that,
you all get ready! [guide calls in geese] [guide calls in geese] Right above you! [gun shots] – I am really hesitant, um,
I’m kinda slow to get up, I’ve never shot up to shoot. I’ve always been standing
and hitting something that’s going in a uniform pattern. Hah, hah! [dog splashes] Yah, I’m a little hesitant.– NARRATOR: For Lauren
– CARLEY: We’re going
down this way!– NARRATOR: She’s never hesitant
when it comes to helping
kids at her day job.– CARLEY: This is Lake Houston
Wilderness Park. – KIDS: Let’s slide! – CARLEY: And ah, I’m the park
naturalist here, I take care of all the kid’s programs,
weekend programs, nature center stuff. Hang on guys! I’ve always loved the woods
ever since I was a kid I was running around
the woods barefoot. Yah, there’s a hill. – KID: Let’s go!!! Neahhhhh!! – CARLEY: I love bringing
people, bringing kids especially into the outdoors and getting
them to feel passion for it as I do. If you chew on the leaves of
this tree, it will make your mouth go numb. – KID: I can reach it! – CARLEY: The nickname for this
tree is toothache tree, kinda weird huh! – KID: Yah!! – Muskadine grapes grow on here,
I’ve tried em, I don’t like em, they taste
kind of funny. I like the regular grapes
you buy at the store. [steps in the dry mulch] [laughter]– NARRATOR: Lauren’s
nature center…
– CARLEY: It’s a Milk Snake.– NARRATOR: is where
the hands on…
or fingers on learning
really happens.
– CARLEY: I want you
to do two fingers. I do a lot of education. – KID: That’s cool! – CARLEY: A lot of people
that live in the cities, they think the outdoors
are scary. – KID: Ewwww! He’s slimy!!! – CARLEY: And this is a way of
sort of bringing them out showing them things,
especially things that I have in the nature center
that it’s not scary, everything out here
isn’t gonna kill ya. Red and black… – KIDS: Red and black… – CARLEY: …friend of jack.– NARRATOR: It’s now
midmorning in Bay City,
the wind has picked up, but
geese are still coming in.
– NICK: It should get better as
the day goes on, they’ll start coming in here and
getting thirsty after they feed. We’ll see what happens we
got a single right here! [goose call] [gunshot] [whistle] Bonnie here!– NARRATOR: For Texas Parks and
Wildlife, this is a chance
to get more ladies
interested in hunting…
– DAWN BELLO: I got together
with a couple of friends and contacted some outfitters
to put together a hunt that’s designed for women. I wanted for women to feel
like they can give themselves permission to go outdoors and
so when they’re able to do this there’s a confidence that’s
involved in this. Yes! Who was that! [guide calls geese]– NARRATOR: As for
Lauren Carley her confidence
is getting better.– Any time you see one getting
even a little bit close, your heart starts racing. He, he, he. [guide calls in geese] You’re like please, oh
please be in front of me. But I’m getting more comfortable
as the day goes on. [gunshots] – NICK: Nice Shot! – CARLEY: He,he! – NICK: That a girl! [guide calls in geese] [shotgun blasts] – They just kept coming
pretty much all day so it was cool! [dog splashes] There’s really not that much
out there for us ladies to get together so it was nice to
have an opportunity to get together with other ladies who
share the same interests or want to learn more. I think we shot 20 birds today,
yeah, pretty good for some ladies here! I think we did a good job! [guitar music] [upbeat music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [water lapping,
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