Tennessee’s Southern Bog Lemming

Many people think of lemmings as exotic animals that live only in cold wilderness areas. But this little fellow right here, the Southern bog lemming, actually lives right here in the Southern U.S.! Southern bog lemmings are a vital part of our ecosystem, as the preferred prey of many threatened and endangered native animals. Although the big lemming was historically found state-wide, it is now becoming uncommon except in a few mountainous regions here along the eastern border. The main threats facing bog lemmings, right now, include the loss of wetlands, predation by house cats, climate change, and competition from invasive rodents. You can help protect Southern bog lemmings by supporting your local wildlife sanctuaries and keeping your cats indoors.

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