Billy Pat McKinney
Region: Trans Pecos
Topics: Mountain Lion, Big Horn Sheep, Wildlife, Reintroduction, Biology
Mr. McKinney is a former wildlife technician who worked since the late 1960s with
Texas Parks and Wildlife in the areas
near Marathon, where he grew up in a ranching family. His chief
work has involved reintroducing and managing the desert bighorn sheep
to west Texas, which had been eliminated many years before by market
hunters providing food for railroad crews working in the area.
Mr. McKinney is also very experienced in tracking, capturing, radiocollaring, and monitoring mountain lions, and has extensive
knowledge about their range, diet, and population dynamics (described
in his book, A Field Guide to Texas Mountain Lions). In
his work on both the desert bighorn sheep and mountain lion, Mr.
McKinney has had an important role in maintaining good conservation
cooperation with local private landowners.
In more recent years, since our
interview, Mr. McKinney has been managing the 136,000-acre CEMEX
conservation area in the Sierra El Carmen, to the south of Big Bend
National Park, in Mexico.
April 5, 2001