Tennessee Wildlife Information:
Tennessee State bird: Northern mockingbird, bobwhite quail
State mammal: Raccoon
State reptile: Eastern box turtle
State amphibian: Tennessee cave salamander
State fish: Largemouth bass, channel catfish
State insect: 7-spotted ladybug, European honeybee
Tennessee sometimes gets a reputation for being a land of nothing but flat fields and farms. This is untrue, and comes from the fact it transitions to the center of the country where states like Kansas really are primarily flat farmland. Tennessee is, in fact, full of mountains and lush valleys, having a number of mountain ranges including the Appalachians and the Smokey Mountains. The summers are typically hot and humid, but higher elevations can be quite cold in the winter with significant snowfall. A number of animals make their homes in this state, enjoying the warm weather and comparably milder winters.
This state is actually known for its salamander population in the Smokey Mountain National Park. With over 30 species of salamanders in five different families, the park is considered the salamander capital of the world.
Not surprisingly, since it is the state mammal, raccoons are one of the top nuisance creatures in Tennessee. The masked garbage-raiders are right at home in the state’s forests, eventually moving in to invade human homes when it’s time to have a family. Homeowners in Tennessee also have to worry about skunks, bats, beavers, muskrats, woodchucks, squirrels, and opossums.
Armadillos also make short work of people’s yards. The armadillo, while a quiet and docile animal, is very destructive when it decides to search a yard for grubs, bugs, or worms. Thankfully, these critters are easy to trap, and some areas of Tennessee consider them a delicacy. People must be careful consuming armadillo meat as it can carry leprosy. Despite the concern, there are a number of ways to cook the creature, and most recipes favor the BBQ.
Campers can attest to evidence of the larger animals in Tennessee. Black bear are very common in the mountains, and these large predators can grow to be over 500 pounds. Second to the black bear only in size are the cougars. These large cats are incredibly smart, and very dangerous if they decide to stalk human prey. A problematic cougar can watch a person for days while formulating a plan of attack. Wolves and coyotes are also top carnivores, though wolves are small in number, having just been reintroduced into the state back in the early 1990’s.
Tennessee Wildlife Removal News:
Pest unwanted Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters have exploded in urban areas across the country in recent decades due to human actions, and Central Tennessee is no exception. Problem animal removing Eastern Gray Squirrel to reduce the number of pest critters at the preserve is not a viable solution because problem animal removing is illegal in urban areas, and Tennessee is a small 200-acre plot surrounded by neighborhoods in Tennessee area. "We don't know how to approach the situation from a political standpoint," The wildlife removal professional declared. Currently, the only loophole is to obtain a scientific permit to remove Eastern Gray Squirrel for research reasons, a procedure known as culling. The preserve hires Wildlife Research and Management, a pest removal permitted biological services company, to carry out culling.
"Wildlife is about as humane as removing an animal could be. They go out at night and set out corn feeders. They only remove and trapped. [They] only will take a trapped if they know they can put a Eastern Gray Squirrel down," The wildlife removal professional declared. Afterward, Wildlife donates the meat to the Capitol Area Food Bank, The wildlife removal professional declared. And since the state government manages pest unwanted Eastern Gray Squirrel, any changes to policy must be approved by the Tennessee legislature—including solutions other than problem animal removing. The wildlife removal professional declared Tennessee is also exploring other options for lowering the Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters, such as using a contraceptive called Gocon. "Gocon blocks receptors within the brain so that the brain begins to think that sex cells are bad things, so it will start attacking the female Eastern Gray Squirrel's sex cells so they become sterile," The wildlife removal professional declared. Though the contraceptive doesn't hurt the Eastern Gray Squirrel or affect the meat itself, the issue lies in the fact that the contraceptive could affect any mammal injected with the vaccine.
Wildlife Removal Agency must approve the use of the vaccine for Eastern Gray Squirrel before a plan can be implemented, The wildlife removal professional declared. "Extermination companies are hesitant because if that types of vaccine comes into the wrong hands, it could become a huge bio-terror problem," The wildlife removal professional declared. In addition, researchers at Tennessee must first conduct a survey to determine exactly how many Eastern Gray Squirrel are present within the preserve before implementing a sterilization plan. To conduct the survey, Tennessee would have to lower the number of Eastern Gray Squirrel to a stable minimum number of pest critters through problem animal removing, then install eight ft. Eastern Gray Squirrel fencing to contain the known number of pest critters and limit any emigration or immigration, The wildlife removal professional declared. Next semester, professor of Environmental Science and Policy is teaching a Eastern Gray Squirrel management research course at Tennessee.
Students enrolled will conduct Eastern Gray Squirrel management research projects at the preserve as a part of the course curriculum. "We know that Eastern Gray Squirrel are having an impact on the ecology of Tennessee, but we don't have the data to verify their impact," Beck declared. "This project will provide baseline data on aspects such as impact on native vegetation, disease transmission and even public attitudes that will be necessary for Tennessee managers to draft a Eastern Gray Squirrel management strategy."