TWRA Officials: Help Wild Animal Babies By Leaving Them Alone

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), the best way to help young wildlife is to not help young wildlife. Every spring and early summer, wildlife agencies across the country are deluged by calls from well-meaning people who have picked up what they think are “orphaned” baby animals.  

Many types of wild animals leave their young in a protected area while the adults go off to feed and drink.  Unless the adults have died, the young are not orphaned or abandoned at all.  If humans pick up an animal, it may be rejected by the parent due to the human scent left on the baby.  In addition, it is against state law to take animals from the wild and keep them in captivity in Tennessee.

Although it may seem cruel, in nature the most hazardous time of life is adolescence.  Young animals die at a very high rate.  Officials said, "The best help you can provide for a young animal is to leave it alone.  If its parents are temporarily away, they will return.  If it has been abandoned, nature needs to take its course."  


Alexander, Corker, Roe Introduce Tennessee Wilderness Act

Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Rep. Phil Roe on Thursday introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act. “I grew up hiking the mountains of East Tennessee and conserving some of the most beautiful areas in our state gives future generations of Tennesseans the same sort of opportunity,” Senator Alexander said. “Tennessee is full of history, and this legislation would ... (click for more)

Partnership Secures Future Of Ocoee Whitewater Recreation

Whitewater recreation on the Ocoee River is set to continue well into the future under a new partnership between the Ocoee River Outfitter Association, State of Tennessee, US Forest Service and the Tennessee Valley Authority.   Key to the successful partnership was leadership from the State of Tennessee to establish the Ocoee River Recreational and Economic Development ... (click for more)

Judge Walter Williams May Go Back On The Bench As Administrative Hearing Officer

One of the city's most colorful judges may go back on the bench. The City Council on Tuesday is set to vote on the nomination of former City Court Judge Walter Williams as administrative hearing officer - a new city position. The law license of the former judge was transferred to disability inactive status in August of 2015 after he suffered a stroke early in the year.  ... (click for more)

Body Believed To Be That Of McCallie Student Jackson Standefer Recovered In Colorado River

A body believed to be that of a McCallie School student who was swept away in a creek in the Grand Canyon was recovered on Friday. The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center said it was notified by a commercial river trip that they located a body on the Colorado River at River Mile 152. Park rangers responded and recovered the body, which was transported to the rim ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

It is hardly a secret that since I have become intensely interested in public education in Chattanooga, I have tried to read, research and understand how our efforts have fallen horribly short in the last 15 years. We agree we have a crisis on many fronts and I hope it is equally obvious I am desperate for solutions. Much like school board member Karista Jones, I worry that we are ... (click for more)