Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-17 07:17:42 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WKRN) — This summer, you’ll be able to add some unexpected creatures while enjoying the great outdoors.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported evidence that cougars and crocodiles are expanding their territory to Tennessee.
These animals pose no imminent threat, but wildlife experts are paying attention to their migration habits.
The agency quoted evidence of volunteer state animals in it 2020-2021 Hunting and trapping guide.
“There is evidence that cougars and crocodiles are expanding their territory to Tennessee. Species expanding to Tennessee are protected and cannot be caught until the hunting season is declared. And the cougar are protected by Tennessee state law. “
In Tennessee, no cougars were seen from the early 1900s until the discovery of cougars on Humphreys County trail cameras in 2016.
Joy Swaney, a wildlife biologist at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, explained that he was able to confirm the presence of animals with the help of a trail camera installed by a hunter.
“In 2015, there was a cougar that we could confirm with solid evidence. It was actually a cougar and it was actually our condition,” Swaney explained. “So, between September 2015 and September 2016, there were 10 cougar sightings we could see, and I believe it was one and the same cougar.”
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