Environmentalists say the survival of human communities in Central Texas is deeply intertwined with what goes on in the caves that dot the Hill Country.
In Texas, trapping is mainly used to control predators and nuisance animals that threaten livestock. The practice churns up heated debate between trappers, hunters, ranchers and animal welfare groups.
The Hall of Texas Heroes exhibit at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is made up of saplings collected from the acorns of famous trees from Texas history.
The tiny amphibian faces an existential threat from the torrid development around its remaining habitat in Bastrop County. (Story also appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.)