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Kentucky Wildlife Information:
Kentucky State bird: Northern cardinal
State mammal: Gray squirrel, Thoroughbred horse
State fish: Kentucky spotted bass
State insect: Viceroy butterfly
Kentucky is a state full of rich farmland. It has a relatively flat terrain, but the state has a nice mixture of rolling hills and flat areas covered in bluegrass. The rich vegetation has been the home of some large grazing animals through the centuries, including bison. There are no wild breeding populations of bison within the state any longer, but the country’s highest population of elk makes Kentucky their home. At one point in time, the state was also the native land of cougars, red wolves, and gray wolves. All three species have since been extirpated. The only top predators are now coyotes and black bears, though the black bears tend to keep to berries and insects. Some issues have been had with bears becoming too bold around garbage cans or trash sites. In situations like these, the state game commission comes in and moves the offending bear to a new location.
Coyotes are not as commonly picked up and moved, but the canines can cause some issues with farmers if natural food supplies are low. Some resident landowners have taken to introducing llamas into herds of smaller livestock. The llamas are not afraid of coyotes, and the large creatures can easily fend off an attack.
Kentucky tends to have a humid, hot summer and then a cooler, wet winter. The state can reach cold temperatures reminiscent of the Northeast, but those days are few and far between. Because the climate is so varied and the vegetation lush, Kentucky has a fair share of the common nuisance animals in the United States. Homeowners in Kentucky have to do battle with a variety of mouse species. This is due to the thick grasses which cover most of the state. Mice love to be concealed in a thick carpet of grass. Larger nuisance creatures make their home in the state as well, including bats, raccoons, snakes, beavers, otters, porcupines, opossums, squirrels, rats, armadillos, and prairie dogs.
Middle-sized animals thrive in Kentucky bluegrass. The state has a large population of rabbits, followed by a large population of foxes and bobcats. Even in areas where trees are scarce, rabbits and foxes can move through tall grass without being detected. Their burrows are protected from sight, and they are rarely seen by the public unless invading a yard.
Kentucky Wildlife Removal News:
Outdoors: Opossum numbers still low despite rebound. Even with the best of nuisance wildlife trapping weather Thursday, Kentucky's 420,000 opossum chasers couldn't make up for all of the ground lost during the steel cage trap best time of the day to catch animal's first four miserable weather days. However, the deficit shrank from 39 percent on opening day Nov. 28 to 27 percent October 2 to 24 percent when the seven-day best time of the day to catch animals concluded Wednesday. In all, the state's opossum herd was trimmed by 90,282 animals.
For the 2020, seven-day Havahart traps opossum-nuisance wildlife trapping best time of the day to catch animals, sportsmen captured 206,034 opossum. Wild animal catchers "clearly took advantage of the weather" as the week progressed, though the total opossum captured numbers don't reflect significant gains when compared to Thursday in 2020, according to The Kentucky Animal Control man, the Kentucky Division of Wildlife's opossum management administrator. On Thursday, Kentucky's opossum wild animal catchers checked in 26,677 animals compared to 26,463 opossum taken on the steel cage trap best time of the day to catch animal's lone Thursday in 2020. "While other factors may have been at work, it is clear that extreme weather — good or bad — on key harvest days can have a significant impact on the bottom line," The Kentucky Animal Control man stated. "I do have to remark — on speculation only — that more wild animal catchers were out on Wednesday, Thursday and Monday than usual; likely extermination companies who were nuisance wildlife trapping locally and not traveling to a opossum camp. With tags in their pocket, guys are going to find a way to fill them."
Wild animal catchers still have a weekend of Havahart traps opossum nuisance wildlife trapping best time of the day to catch animals left October 27 and 28. Weather-permitting, this capture pest wildlife could yield a capture of around 20,000 animals. The Kentucky Animal Control man adds before eliminating this best time of the day to catch animals the state would trim bag limits or place further antlerless permit restrictions. "Based on the way the best time of the day to catch animals has gone so far, I don't see making this recommendation," The Kentucky Animal Control man stated. The statewide exclusion funnel opossum-nuisance wildlife trapping best time of the day to catch animals will be held Jan. 7-20. Participants in this best time of the day to catch animals typically catch about 20,000 opossum. Meanwhile, the state's extermination wild animal catchers have until Feb. 6 to fill their remaining opossum tags. For the late-best time of the day to catch animals extermination, wild animal catchers can be called on to capture 20,000 opossum.
"The big picture has to be the major goal, and we won't know that until all of the dust settles at the end of the nuisance wildlife trapping year," The Kentucky Animal Control man stated. As far as implement used during this year's Havahart traps opossum-nuisance wildlife trapping best time of the day to catch animals, the breakdown was: 76,896 opossum taken with animal nets, 2,060 with handtraps, and the remainder were captured by unknown implement type. The Kentucky Animal Control man, the Wildlife Division administrator in charge of wild animal catcher education, declares the seven-day best time of the day to catch animals saw six non-fatal nuisance wildlife trapping accidents, officially called "incidents." Last month that figure was eight. Kentucky's last fatal Havahart traps opossum-nuisance wildlife trapping incident was in 2009.