State of our American Wildlife

Just as the president gives a State of the Union speech early each year, I thought it might be interesting to research and pass along a state of the American wildlife. Our country has a long history of using, abusing, and managing its native wildlife. Reports abound of the widespread slaughter of America’s buffalo and major predators, the hunting to near extinction of beaver, alligators, white-tail deer, turkey, Canadian geese, manatees, and...

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Animal Calls That Weren’t

I was asked recently if we ever had any calls to remove wildlife where an animal wasn’t actually involved.  Pondering this question, I could think of a few notable calls that didn’t involve any creatures.  The following are a few of the stories that came to mind.   “Bear in the attic” I received several frantic calls one morning several years ago from the Knoxville Police Department and a homeowner who had been using their...

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Rat

Rat

RAT: The two most common rat species in North America are the Roof Rat and the Norway Rat. Roof Rats are a bit smaller, weighing 6-10 oz. and have an 8 inch body with an 8 inch tail. Roof Rats tend to live in warmer areas and inhabit areas above ground, such as in trees. Norway Rats weigh from 10-16 oz. and have a 9 inch body with a shorter tail. Norway Rats live in cooler climates and prefer to live at ground level. Neither species usually...

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Mole

Mole

MOLE: There are several mole species in North America but the Eastern Mole is one of the most common to be considered a pest. These blind beauties live under ground and dig a network of tunnels and chambers. Moles are small, weighing in at only about 3-5 oz. and are about 6-8 inches long. Don’t let their small size fool you. They are great diggers and have a voracious appetite. They primarily eat earthworms and other underground insects....

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