AUSTIN (KXAN) — Game wardens from multiple counties are teaming up to stop people from digging up arrowheads in Central Texas. The practice is illegal and wardens say it is a big problem.
One local game warden showed us Friday some of the damage it’s creating on local ranches. He said the dug up areas are causing thousands of dollars in damage to local land owners.
Game Warden James Michael says there’s a wide range of people who do this; from low-level criminals to wealthy individuals. And there’s actually a big market for arrowheads.
“This particular spear point here is valued anywhere between $7,000 and $12,000,” Warden James Michael said while flipping through a book.
The wardens made a couple dozen arrests in the area last year, but they are hoping to make more. Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.