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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is again reporting evidence of alligators and cougars expanding in the state.
It was listed in the TWRA Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide for the 2020-2021 season.
"There is evidence cougars and alligators are expanding their territories into Tennessee," the guide reads. "Species expanding their ranges into Tennessee are protected and may not be taken until a hunting season is proclaimed. Alligators and cougars are protected by state laws in Tennessee."
The guide also lists other animals protected from hunting, like hawks, owls, songbirds, endangered species or any other species for which a season is not set.
In May 2018, a 7-foot alligator was caught on video in the Wolf River WMA in Fayette County. At the time, TWRA said it was one of several reported sightings.
In 2019, a baby gator was spotted in the Tennessee River, just across the border in north Alabama.
According to reports, 56 gators were dropped in the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge as an effort to expand the species in 1979.
"Alligators are naturally expanding their range into Tennessee from the southern border states," TWRA wrote. "TWRA has not stocked any alligators in Tennessee. Alligators expanding into Tennessee is just another species that we must learn to coexist with like many of the other southern states."
A couple years ago, a Middle Tennessee police department warned people about flushing drugs down the toilet and its affect on wildlife, writing in part, "Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama."
While the weather is warming up now, TWRA notes that once winter rolls around, alligators can survive in the state by going into a hibernation-like dormancy called brumation.
"They can withstand periods of ice by sticking their snout out of the water before it freezes which allows them to continue breathing." TWRA explains.
TWRA says currently, the state doesn't have breeding pairs within its borders.
Mom told me this is normal for TN.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Friday, June 11, 2021
Well, Friday morning
I did not start it!
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021
I don't hang on mom
like I used to since
I found the DECK!
But at the end of the day when
I am really tired, I go suck
on my blanket and knead...
then I jump up on mom and
Think I am just fun.
Misty seems to think she is queen of the back of the new chair. Well, I have news for her... never mind, I can't get up there anyway....