The TPWD, whose mission is to "manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations," has little oversight on the exotic hunting industry in Texas, however. In fact, it has almost no control over the state's exotic hunting industry - which means data can be challenging to ascertain.
According to Steve Lightfoot, TPWD spokesperson, the agency does not inventory exotic game, nor does it know how many exotics are in Texas, how many ranches have exotics or how many ranches breed exotics.
Basically, exotic hunting in Texas is in the hands of private owners: It occurs on private lands and is maintained and overseen by private groups, such as the Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA). The EWA did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
What also might be confounding to some is that if the exotic animal isn't listed as endangered in the state of Texas, then the state does not have to provide it endangered status and the laws that govern such. So even though the scimitar-horned oryx is extinct in the wild, it is possible to hunt the animal in Texas because Texas does not have the scimitar-horned oryx on its endangered species list, explains Lightfoot.