In the outdoors, as everywhere, things sometimes are not what they seem.
That group of sea gulls hovering and diving into the bay look for all the world to be birds pouncing on shrimp being pursued by a school of speckled trout. But when you ease close, anticipating fish-a-cast action, you see the gulls are scavenging by-catch tossed overboard by a bay shrimper.
See that log over there – the one slowly drifting toward the clump of water hyacinth where a raft of coots poke and peck for a meal? Look closer, and you see the “log” has nostrils and eyes, and is, really, an alligator hoping for a meal of poule d’eau.
Nope, things sometimes aren’t what they appear to be, as the first and final entries in the below-listed latest selection of recent cases handled by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens amusingly illustrate.
The rest of the brief reports, culled from the past month or so, are not so amusing.
- On a May evening, Howard County Game Warden Matt Woodall was patrolling Moss Lake when he heard the tail end of some law enforcement radio traffic about something happening about 2 miles down the road from Woodall’s location.
Warden Woodall called dispatch to see what was going on, and was advised a caller had reported seeing a gray passenger car on the side of the road and watched as a woman got into the vehicle’s trunk, a man closed the trunk, got into the vehicle and drove away.
The caller had followed the car and saw which house the car had pulled into and said no one got out of the car or the trunk.
Warden Woodall responded from the lake to the intersection where the incident occurred and met with the caller and Howard County deputies.
Upon going to the location reported by the caller, Warden Woodall and two Howard County deputies approached the house and made contact with the man who had been driving the car.
He was asked if he had been out driving the neighborhood. He replied, “Yes,” and asked officers if this was in regards to his wife getting into the trunk.
Officers said yes it was and asked if he’d please fill them in on what was going on.
The man told officers he suspected he had a wheel bearing going out on his car – he could hear the tell-tale squealing/grinding associated with such a problem, but, when driving could not tell which side of the car the bad bearing was on.
So he got his wife to climb in the trunk (which is isolated from road noise) where she could listen as he drove down a street and identify which wheel was making the noise.
Officers talked with the wife who confirmed the story. From her “listening post” in the trunk, she’d identified the wheel with the burned bearing.
Officers returned to their patrols.