March 2012 Photo Contest
Focus on Texas: Wild Animals
Texans are quick to grab their cameras when paid unexpected visits from nature’s friends

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    Pedernales Electric Cooperative member Ann McNees says this little guy—a male green anole her kids named Larry Lizard—lived in her garden all spring.
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    Pedernales Electric Cooperative member Ann McNees says this little guy—a male green anole her kids named Larry Lizard—lived in her garden all spring.
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    This casual kitty was anything but camera shy. Karnes Electric Cooperative member Jo Ann Smith says this bobcat stopped on a trail and posed while she snapped a few shots on her ranch near Goliad. Then, the big cat simply sauntered off.
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    San Bernard Electric Cooperative member Steve Kotzur says this buck disappeared into the fog almost as quickly as he appeared, allowing him to take only four quick shots. “It is one of my favorite pictures that I have ever taken,” he says.
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    Early one morning, Sue Dittman, a Pedernales Electric Cooperative member, spied these three baby raccoons snuggled up on her deck.
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    This Red-shouldered Hawk paused just long enough for San Bernard Electric Cooperative member Ken Sparks to get this shot on his ranch near Weimar.
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    Pedernales Electric Cooperative member Doug Monaghen calls this snapshot of a deer “Spring Velvet.”
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    Everyone is welcome to an early morning breakfast in Kerrville. Thanks to Pedernales Electric Cooperative member Ronnie Low for sharing this mealtime shot with us that he took in 2011.
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    Greenbelt Electric Cooperative members Steve and Heidi Phelps say that Bitsey the cat is just fine with some attention no matter who—in this case, Mickee the deer—is giving it.
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    These two curious mule deer paid Lyntegar Electric Cooperative member Teresa Freeman a visit while she checked her Gaines County land near Seagraves for trespassers and poachers during hunting season.
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    Doug Green, a Pedernales Electric Cooperative member living in Marble Falls, found this little guy just hanging out.
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    Bandera Electric Cooperative member Robert Collier said it was fascinating watching this roadrunner hunt. “Whenever he got close to a potential victim, his head crest would rise up, as in this picture,” he said.
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    This brilliantly colored peacock paused just long enough for Nueces Electric Cooperative member Judy O’Kelley to snap a quick headshot at the Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle in San Antonio.
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    Say cheese! It certainly does appear as if these little tree frogs are smiling for Sam Houston Electric Cooperative members Julia and Paul Barron. Paul took the photo.
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    Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative and United Cooperative Services member Erna Padgett said this copperhead, which was basking in the autumn sun behind a compost bin, did not let her presence disturb it.
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    Diana Black, who took the shot on family property in Dripping Springs, calls this photo “Watchful Fox.” She and her husband, Dennis, are members of Pedernales Electric Cooperative.
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    Pedernales Electric Cooperative member James Brock had an unexpected visitor in his backyard in Austin: a ring-tailed cat, just stopping by for a quick “hello.”
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    San Patricio Electric Cooperative members Doug and Jean Culli say that this family of foxes took up residence at their home several years ago and enjoy playing in the backyard and especially on the deck.
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    After letting her Labrador retriever out one morning, Magic Valley Electric Cooperative member MarJo Gibson saw something scamper across the yard and up a tree. It was this cute little raccoon.
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    Look before you mow! Wood County Electric Cooperative member Cheryl Stephenson and her husband, Phil, found this fawn hiding in the grass and weeds on their property outside Winnsboro just before the first mowing of the spring.

Wowza! We asked, and you delivered. Turns out, Texans are quick to grab their cameras when paid an unexpected visit from nature’s fuzzy, feathered or scaly friends. We received more than 250 entries for this month’s category, and it was an arduous task to decide on merely five for the print edition. While our online slideshow includes even more wild animals, what you see here is just a sampling of the animals of Co-op Kingdom.

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