The wildfires burning in Texas have resulted in the loss domestic animals, such as cattle and horses, but the loss of the wild population is not yet known, according to an article in the Big Bend Sentinel, “Domestic Animals Lost in Fire; Pronghorn Fare Better,” by Sterry Butcher on April 12,2011.
It seems that about 200 pronghorn were released into the wild just a couple of weeks ago to try to rebuild the population, and they were wearing tracking collars. Amazingly enough, it seems they were all able to get out of the way of the fires. Some animals, such as the box turtle and the hare are not so lucky.
Ranchers can expect some assistance from the state with the burial of their dead domestic animals and hay assistance for those who made it, as much of their forage is gone.
In a comment to this article, one reader noted the following for anyone who wishes to help:
Horrible news. In response to the damage and losses West Texas farmers and ranchers are experiencing, the Texas Department of Agriculture has set up the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund, or STAR Fund. Visit http://www.texasagriculture.gov/starfund to donate money to these ranchers who have lost part of their herds to the devastating fires.