by Kealey O’Conner

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The best way to describe the River Otter is fun-loving. Whether in the blistering summer or the frosty winter the River Otter can be found wrestling, belly flopping and somersaulting.  Yet, their favorite activity is sliding.

 

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by Kealey O’Conner

ChickenOfTheWoodsCan a fungus really taste like chicken? Yes. Laetiporus, more commonly known as “Chicken of the Wood”, actually has a similar taste and texture to chicken. 

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Coyote (Canis latrans)

by Kealey O’Conner

Coyotes can be found from the steamy wetlands of Florida to the icy tundra of Alaska. Not only do coyotes inhabit the wilderness of the continental United States, but they also inhabit urbacn areas and major cities like Los Angeles. Known for their adaptability, coyotes are opportunistic omnivores who prey mainly on small mammals.

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Sicklefin Redhorse

sicklefin_redhorseby Ben Surface

The Sicklfin Redhorse is an endemic species to the Southern Appalachians.
This bottom feeding ‘sucker’ fish remained undiscovered untill 1992, when it was first
found in the Hiwassee and Little Tennessee rivers. It has since been found in rivers
and streams in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee, but is primarily found
in the Hiwassee and Little Tennessee Rivers.

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by Kealey O’Connor

Puma, mountain lion, panther, painter, and catamount all refer to the cat scientifically known as, better known as the Eastern Cougar. The fact that the cougar is an extremely elusive and solitary creature is most likely what led to this array of names.

 

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