Jim Ray

Wild Pantex – One Tough Ole Mouse

  • Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

Recently a Pantexan couple were fortunate enough to see and photograph a strange mouse at their new home in my neighborhood north of Canyon. This mouse was “different” in that it had a very short tail. Their visitor was one of the most unique mammals in our area, and I was impressed that my neighbors had already properly identified it as a grasshopper mouse.

Wild Pantex – The Tiniest Pantexans

  • Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

We take them for granted. Bugs, insects, arachnids, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates – the little guys.

Me personally – I can walk right up to a hidden rattlesnake that I am radio-tracking and record its location with a GPS Unit. I can let a bobcat out of a trap after we have poked and prodded him.

However, that spider that I am trying to remove from the wall in the kitchen – well, let’s just say that a sudden move by the spider is likely to cause a similar reaction in me.

Wild Pantex – Bird of the Day: American Bald Eagle

  • Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

Who doesn’t love bald eagles? My first exposures to them were the several that spent the winters at Lake Rita Blanca near my hometown of Dalhart, TX, when I was growing up. During those months each year of my childhood, it was a big deal to see this majestic bird. They’d be perched in a tree, sitting on the ice, or soaring above the lake. If the latter, the thousands of Rita Blanca’s ducks and geese would whirl around in the sky above the lake with nervousness.

Wild Pantex - Nuisance Animals: Wrong Place, Wrong Time

  • Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

​I had just got to work, settled in at my desk, read a few e-mails, and then my phone rang. The caller proceeded to tell me they were trying to work, but were interrupted by the presence of a rattlesnake. I strapped on my snake leggings, hopped in my truck and headed out toward the location, which involved a 10-15 minute drive.

Wild Pantex – Bobcat Work Makes The News

  • Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

Pantex and West Texas A&M have been working on bobcat research since 2009. Actually, this work has since transcended from "research" to "management" of the cats. Sunday, the work made the Amarillo Globe-News.

Enjoy the story here.

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Wild Pantex – Triple Play Bobcats

  • Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013, 12:00 am

Article by Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist/Scientist

Frequently, after checking my e-mail real quick in the mornings, I’ll venture out in my truck to check various trapsets that we have set for bobcats. On October 4, I made the first of five scheduled stops. I walked around the end of the treerow and made my way to the first trapset which consisted of two box traps.

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