Weatherford Living

When wildlife and urban life collide

Deer, armadillos, coyotes and other local wildlife may be fascinating to watch in their native habitats, but when they are eating your prized plants, digging up the lawn or stalking the family cat, it’s another story. That’s when you might turn to urban biologist Adam Henry, who will present a program titled "Urban Wildlife - Problem Solving" at the February meeting in Weatherford of the Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.

Based in the Texas Wildlife Services’ Fort Worth District, Henry deals with bird and mammal species across 61 counties of North-Central Texas and the problems they may cause. On a given day he might be giving advice on controlling critters ranging from mice and moles to feral hogs and beaver.

The mission of Wildlife Services is to manage the conflict between humans and wildlife in the environment -- to protect agricultural, industrial and natural resources and public health, safety and property from damage caused by wildlife. Henry received his B.S. degree from Sul Ross State University and has been with Wildlife Services for four years.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 12, at the Cherry Park community building, 313 Davis St., in Weatherford. It will follow a short business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available and the public is always welcome.

The Cross Timbers Chapter promotes conservation, research and use of native plants in the rich biological region west of Fort Worth. Chapter meetings are held the second Thursday of the month. For information, go to