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Old 11-04-2015, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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Wondering about wildlife in rural areas?
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Old 11-04-2015, 05:51 PM
 
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Nothing particularly special here in West TN. Deer. Raccoon. Armadillo. Lots of different birds.
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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OK, thank you. Was worried about Coyotes eating my small dog.
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:12 PM
 
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OK, thank you. Was worried about Coyotes eating my small dog.
There are coyotes in all of Tennessee.

https://www.tn.gov/twra/article/coyote
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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The only dangerous wild animals in western TN are wild hogs, coyotes, and a few snakes. Most of them will leave you alone if you leave them alone, except for if a coyote goes after a small pet.

If you live toward the southern end of the state water moccasins (cottonmouths) can be quite dangerous and plentiful. Copperheads are plentiful but not very dangerous (weak venom). Rattlesnakes are very rare.
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Wondering about wildlife in rural areas?
Black bears sighted in West Tennessee - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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There are coyotes in all of Tennessee.

https://www.tn.gov/twra/article/coyote
OK then... Need to be careful
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:48 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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We are in McNairy County (SW TN) and the coyotes and the LGDs sing their songs nearly every single night. I've had friends lose chickens and rabbits to the yotes and all my friends with goats have LGDs. LGDs are Livestock Guardian Dogs with the most prevalent being Great Pyranees (mixes often). On our 4 acres, we have rabbits, deer, at least one armadillo, opossum, raccoons, snapping turtles, a ton of tree frogs and bullfrogs, and some snakes not to mention the hawks that circle above when the baby kittens are outside. We haven't seen any wild boar, but we know they are in SW TN. Friends just north of Jackson have had bears in their yards recently.

If you like hunting fowl, you'll find plenty of ducks and geese around also.

You not only have to worry about the yotes with your small dog; depending how small, you may need to keep your eyes on the sky as well.

Oh, and there are foxes as well.
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Old 11-07-2015, 02:05 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I worked the night shift for several years, and I saw the following in urban neighborhoods: bobcats, coyotes, fox, deer, skunk, and armadillo. There have been black bear and cougar sightings in all parts of TN.

Last year, there was a news story about an unknown animal jumping over 6' fences in Cordova and ripping dogs to shreds. If you know anything about Cordova, you know it's packed with housing and commercial properties.
Mysterious Beast Killing Dogs In Cordova Neighborhood | WREG.com

Personally, I don't know why people buy little dogs that are at the bottom of the food chain that must be taken care of. Dogs should serve a purpose. Buy a German Shepherd that will protect your home, chase off other predators, and alert you to trouble. If your dog is under 5 lbs, I'd worry about hawks and falcons as well.
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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We are in McNairy County (SW TN) and the coyotes and the LGDs sing their songs nearly every single night. I've had friends lose chickens and rabbits to the yotes and all my friends with goats have LGDs. LGDs are Livestock Guardian Dogs with the most prevalent being Great Pyranees (mixes often). On our 4 acres, we have rabbits, deer, at least one armadillo, opossum, raccoons, snapping turtles, a ton of tree frogs and bullfrogs, and some snakes not to mention the hawks that circle above when the baby kittens are outside. We haven't seen any wild boar, but we know they are in SW TN. Friends just north of Jackson have had bears in their yards recently.

If you like hunting fowl, you'll find plenty of ducks and geese around also.

You not only have to worry about the yotes with your small dog; depending how small, you may need to keep your eyes on the sky as well.

Oh, and there are foxes as well.
Right now I have a German Shepherd and will soon get getting a Sheltie. Am seriously considering getting a LGD.
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