What man touches, he changes, and for better or worse man has touched Texas. Through settlement, development, and urbanization, he has permanently altered the character, variety, numbers, and distribution of native wildlife. Robin Doughty's compelling history traces the nature and tempo of these changes. He discusses the use and conservation of wild animals in Texas, addressing concerns of historical ecology, environmental history, and cultural geography. As a side effect of urbanization, man has simplified the natural biological complexity of the state's fauna, and today, Doughty argues, habitat change is the most pressing issue confronting conservationists.