Texas Health and Safety Code

As effective September 1, 2019

Subchapter C

Sec. 825.031: Bounties for Predatory Animals

(a) The commissioners court of a county may pay bounties for killing predatory animals not listed on any state or federal protected species list.

(b) The commissioners court may determine which animals are predatory animals in that county.

(c) The commissioners court may determine the amount of a bounty to be paid under this section for each animal. The bounty shall be paid from the general fund of the county by a warrant drawn on that fund by the county judge on presentation of proof of destruction required by the commissioners court. A bounty paid under this section may not exceed $50 for each animal unless approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

(d) The commissioners court may determine eligibility criteria for receiving a bounty under this section.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 84, Sec. 1,2, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1279, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1999.

Sec. 825.032: Angelina, Henderson, Or Trinity County: Wolves and Other Predatory Animals

(a) The Commissioners Court of Angelina, Henderson, or Trinity County may pay bounties for the destruction of wolves and other predatory animals in the county.

(b) The commissioners court may, by resolution entered on its minutes, provide for the destruction of wolves and other predatory animals, the method of destruction and proof necessary to entitle the person destroying the animal to receive the bounty, and the amount of the bounty to be paid for each animal.

(c) A bounty paid under this section shall be paid by warrant drawn on the general fund of the county by the county judge on presentation of proof of destruction required by the commissioners court.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.033: Aransas, Bee, Refugio, Or San Patricio County: Rattlesnakes, Wolves, Coyotes, Panthers, Bobcats, and Other Predatory Animals

(a) The Commissioners Court of Aransas, Bee, Refugio, or San Patricio County may pay bounties for the destruction of rattlesnakes, wolves, coyotes, panthers, bobcats, and other predatory animals in the county to preserve game and to protect the interests of livestock and poultry raisers.

(b) The commissioners court may set the bounty in an amount not to exceed:

(1) $5 for each wolf, coyote, panther, or bobcat;

(2) 50 cents for each raccoon, skunk, opossum, or other similar animal; and

(3) 10 cents for each rattlesnake.

(c) The commissioners court shall, by resolution entered on its minutes, specify the amount of the bounty to be paid for each animal and prescribe regulations and require proof necessary to protect the county's interest.

(d) The bounties paid under this section shall be paid by warrant drawn on the general fund of the county by the county judge.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.034: Panola County: Wolves

(a) The Commissioners Court of Panola County may pay bounties on wolves in order to preserve game.

(b) The commissioners court may set the bounty in an amount not to exceed $25 for each wolf killed. The bounty shall be paid from the general fund of the county.

(c) The commissioners court may adopt rules necessary to protect the interest of the county and may require proof necessary to assure that one wolf has been killed for each wolf paid for.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.035: Borden County: Rabbits

(a) The Commissioners Court of Borden County may pay bounties for lawfully killing wild rabbits in the county to prevent property damage.

(b) The bounty may not exceed 10 cents for each rabbit and shall be paid from the general fund of the county.

(c) The commissioners court may adopt rules necessary to protect the interest of the county and may require proof necessary to assure that one rabbit has been killed for each rabbit paid for.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.036: Prairie Dogs

Prairie dogs are a public nuisance.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 825.037: Effect of Other Laws

This subchapter does not authorize:

(1) the killing of an animal if the killing is prohibited by federal or state law or rule; or

(2) the payment of a bounty for killing an animal if the killing is prohibited by federal or state law or rule.

Comments

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.