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Cowbirds: “What’s with this one weird egg?”

Our native North American wildlife is amazing! You might one day see a nest with one egg that looks completely different than those around it. It’s not a mutant and you’re not crazy! Brown-headed cowbirds are the most common nest parasites in the United…

Don’t let raccoons see you feed them!

This year, For Fox Sake has received over a dozen calls about raccoons who had gotten too friendly and had become a nuisance. Because For Fox Sake is not authorized to remove or relocate nuisance animals, these calls were referred to wildlife operators, who…

There is no such thing as a humane leghold trap!

For Fox Sake has treated several wild animals with horrible injuries caused by leghold traps. In every case we have seen, the traps had been set by people who believed a common industry lie— that modern leghold traps are nothing like those of the…

Love Persimmons? Thank a Raccoon!

Although persimmons aren’t as popular as they once were, you might still be lucky enough to find them at farmer’s markets and international grocery stores. If you’re lucky, you might also have a persimmon tree providing fruit on your own land! Believe it or…

Bobcats: Powerful Predators

Bobcats in our area are only slightly larger than house cats, but they possess powerful jaws. Despite being only slightly larger than a house cat, a bobcat has a bite stronger than that of a fox, coyote, lynx, dog, cheetah, or snow leopard. Its…

What’s most likely to have rabies in East TN?

Any warm-blooded animal can get rabies. Even rabbits and dolphins are at risk. In a few extraordinarily strange cases, it’s been recorded in birds! But there are some animals that are statistically at a higher risk than others. This can vary quite a bit…

How to Tell Red Foxes Apart from Grey Foxes

Tennessee is home to two species of fox, the red fox and the grey fox. Despite their names, color isn’t the best way to tell these beautiful animals apart! An animal can be a member of the red fox species but have nearly any…

Are Coyotes an Invasive Species?

Coyote hunters often justify their “sport” with claims that, East of the Mississippi, coyotes are an invasive species and therefore detrimental to our ecosystem. If coyotes were truly “invasive,” that would certainly be a problem. Invasive species are animals that unnaturally enter an area…

5 Ways Beavers Benefit their Environment

As a classic “keystone speciesc,” American beavers are among the most important native species found on our continent. These enormous animals comprise the second-largest rodent species on Earth, sometimes weighing in at 100 pounds or more, and an impact to match their size! Here…

Crusty-Eyed Birds? Take Down Your Feeder!

If you see birds with goopy, crusty eyes, that’s a sign to take down your feeders immediately.