On Friday, a state commission voted to allow people to eat grassland animals, including some found in the area, under new state regulations.
“If you go out to eat with your family, you should have the right to eat anything you want, not just grassland,” the governor, Greg Abbott, said in a statement.
“And we can’t allow this dangerous and destructive wildlife to go unchallenged.
It’s a recipe for disaster.”
The new rules also allow people who live within 300 feet of the perimeter to eat wildlife without a permit.
The state is expected to begin issuing permits in June, the Associated Press reported.
This is not the first time a state has banned wild animals.
In April, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) ordered a halt to hunting in a national forest in Oregon after a federal judge ruled that the program violated a 1996 federal ban on hunting in federally protected land.
In California, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife also recently banned wild elephants, bighorn sheep and mountain lions.
The latest decision came after a court ruled that a wildlife rehabilitation center was exempt from a ban that was put in place in 2017.
California’s governor and his deputy said they are disappointed by the ruling, but they added that they would look into the matter.