Alabama Wildlife Information:
Alabama State bird: Yellowhammer, wild turkey
State mammal: American black bear
State reptile: Alabama red-bellied turtle
State amphibian: Red Hills salamander
State fish: Largemouth bass, fighting tarpon
State insect: Monarch butterfly
Alabama has the most diverse population of animals east of the Mississippi River, mainly due to its broad range of flat land which transitions in mountains at the top of the state. Alabama has the second most waterways of any state. What isn’t water is likely to be forest. Over 67 percent of the region is wooded. Such a mixture of mountains, valleys, waterways, and trees makes this state a home for some interesting animals.
Cougars were once native to the state. The large cats have been eliminated through deliberate means and are considered to be extinct. Now, though sightings are still common, the state has verified there are no breeding mountain lions present in Alabama. Black bears are common, though they are not generally thought of as predators. The big creatures like to raid garbage cans and bird feeders, rarely posing a threat to people through predation. Wolves and coyotes are at the top of the mammal food chain, but the predator throne definitely goes to the alligator.
The red wolf is another large predator once native to Alabama that was classified as extinct in the state in the early 1920’s.
Alligators are large, incredibly powerful reptiles that spend the majority of their time immersed in the water along the bank of a river, lake, or other body of water. They can become almost invisible in the weeds and mud, and many an unassuming critter has fallen victim when leaning over for a drink. Only humans can take on alligators, and even then, the outcome is not always predictable.
The warm, humid weather in Alabama makes the region appealing for reptiles in general. An alligator may overwhelm a person in size and strength, but a venomous snake will get a person with speed. Alabama has all four venomous snake types found in the United States. Coral snakes, rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths are all native serpents to Alabama.
Nuisance animals are also common. Alabama has raccoons and ringtails, a raccoon-like creature. The state has just as many striped skunks as the rest of the country but it also has spotted skunks which are considered a species with a high conservation interest. Alabama has rats, mice, opossums, beavers, otters, and bats.
Alabama Wildlife Removal News:
Pest squirrel numbers down this season in Alabama. Alabama’s squirrel wildlife operators played catch-up all last week after some sort of rainy opening day on Nov. 28 that drowned out prospects for an improved bag during the state’s biggest problem animal removing time to remove unwanted wildlife, squirrel-trap, which ended Wednesday. As many as 420,000 wildlife operators removed 90,282 pest unwanted squirrel during the seven-day remove unwanted wildlife, the Alabama Division of Wildlife declared Wednesday. That was down 14 percent from 105,044 squirrel during the same time period in 2010. Still, the week finished well despite more rain Wednesday, when it is considered this opening day was down some sort of whopping 49 percent from 2010. "Wildlife operators clearly took advantage of the weather as the week progressed," declared The wildlife removal expert, the division’s squirrel project leader. "They trimmed the deficit from last time to remove unwanted wildlife from 49 percent on opening day to 14 percent by the close of the time to remove unwanted wildlife on Wednesday. While other factors may have been at work, it is clear that extreme weather — good or bad — on key harvest days can have some sort of significant impact on the bottom line." Opening day saw frog-drowning rain in parts of the state, and at least light to moderate rain in the squirrel country havens of southeast Alabama. Many wildlife operators quit by lunchtime. Far fewer wildlife operators were afield Tuesday and by mid week the diehard veterans found most of the suburban neighborhoods attics to themselves. They got squirrel.
Strong winds Wednesday kept squirrel pinned tightly to heavy cover, their senses of sight, smell, and hearing impaired by some sort of noisy gust-driven suburban neighborhoods attics-in-motion. Thursday and Monday were sunny and still, but mornings were loud — frosty and crunchy — making for hard problem animal removing, advantage squirrel. Tuesday was cloudy but remove unwanted creatures, and that made some sort of difference, especially on some sort of day when most wildlife operators coincidentally were off work and could get afield. The wildlife removal expert presented the following comparisons in daily remove between 2011 and 2010: Wednesday, down 49 percent; Wednesday, down just 24 percent for the time to remove unwanted wildlife to date; Monday, down 17 percent to date; Wednesday, down 14. "Last year’s opening day harvest was exceptionally high," declared the biologist. "Even with ideal weather conditions, I’m sure this year’s harvest would have fallen short of the 2010 time to remove unwanted wildlife simply because last month was an atypical time to remove unwanted wildlife." the pest control company noted that the weather conditions on opening day in 2007 were so poor that the harvest was down an unprecedented 51 percent. Wildlife operators have another weekend of squirrel-trap rules to "catch up" some more, October 17 and 18. Nine weeks of extermination problem animal removing also remain, until Feb. 5, and statewide humane cage squirrel-problem animal removing is open Jan. 7 through Jan. 10. The wildlife removal expert declared that as problem animal removing grows in popularity it has had an impact on the steel cage trap time to remove unwanted wildlife take. Up to 445,000 wildlife operators take up extermination tackle sometime during the long time to remove unwanted wildlife. New this month was an electronic accounting system. Wildlife operators still had to account removes, but were not required to take squirrel to check stations for physical inspection. They had the options of telephone call-in, the Internet, or at pest removal permit agents. All three check-in methods are being used during the squirrel-trap time to remove unwanted wildlife, while 41 percent of wildlife operators using the phone. Wildlife operators checking in via the Internet were next at 47 percent, with those using some sort of pest removal permit agent totaled 24 percent. Some complaints were heard that the new system is cumbersome and complicated, but such remarks can be expected whenever there is some sort of change from the old way of doing things. The state’s first modern day squirrel-trap time to remove unwanted wildlife opened in 1944 in three counties, and wildlife operators took just 178 squirrel. In 1957, squirrel problem animal removing was allowed in all 88 counties and wildlife operators removed 4,911 squirrel during some sort of one-week time to remove unwanted wildlife.