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Old 10-23-2006, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Near Houston, TX
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We're looking to move somewhere near Crossville-Watts Bar-west of Oak Ridge. We're looking to live somewhere fairly rural and were wondering about the wildlife. Do you have much problem with black bears getting into things? How about coyotes or panthers or other predadors? Just wondering how much protection for the chickens, rabbits, etc. will be needed.... Also, how difficult is it to raise a vegetable garden, fruit trees, berries etc.? Are the local critters so thick they try to eat everything or are they a problem. We've seen major difficulties here in central Texas with deer eating everything that's green, including all the "deer repellent" varieties. Trying to figure out how difficult living out in the woods is going to be.
Chuck
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Old 10-23-2006, 08:55 PM
 
Location: South of DAYTON
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Thumbs up Sequatchie valley

TX: Are you also watching Monday night football ?? Lots of football fever here. That whole Sequatchie valley is famous for farm land and soil, Just inside the CST time zone . We watched young deer and doe this summer, but other residential gardners have them eating Hydrangea flower bushes. This season was semi-severe for drought, about 8 " under, so much of veg , pumpkin stuff small. Believe I read a news article this summer about a young child and bear and tent, but you can research to be sure. Common to have 5 acres or more all up and down rt #127 to Dunlap, the famous longest garage sale road. Our church friends walk 3 big dogs and also mention snakes on their 5 acre tract. Web search "Walden Ridge" and "Cumberland Trail" for more photos, history, etc of area. State 305 mile linear hiking park almost connected along that ridge. Smaller river popular for canoe cruising or drifting, hang gliding weekend activities. Lots of farms or larger land tracts being subdivided into 5 acre or larger sizes. Some people even own their own waterfalls?
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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TX: Are you also watching Monday night football ?? Lots of football fever here. That whole Sequatchie valley is famous for farm land and soil, Just inside the CST time zone . We watched young deer and doe this summer, but other residential gardners have them eating Hydrangea flower bushes. This season was semi-severe for drought, about 8 " under, so much of veg , pumpkin stuff small. Believe I read a news article this summer about a young child and bear and tent, but you can research to be sure.
What about those nasty fire ants that do everything but steal your babies and take them underground...but seriously, are those fire ants more prevalent in rural areas?

I was reading on the USDA website (article is called Putting Out The Fire) they are even known to kill cattle and damage electrical equipment (not kidding). Anyway, people moving to the southeast part of the US from someplace else should know about them and, because I had never heard of them until I started posting here, might not even think to ask about them.
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:14 AM
 
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We became painfully familiar with fire ants during the time we lived in Georgia.

I haven't seen any sign of them in our area. The mounds can be pretty easy to spot. I was on the lookout for them in any areas the dogs would be hanging out and saw nothing all summer, much to my relief. They can be very difficult to get rid of.

As far as the other wildlife mentioned, there are deer all over. Also lots of woodchucks. My neighbors and I experienced about two months of a good sized coyote pack visit, but they're gone. I've seen no bears, nor have any been in the news in this area, only out toward the National Park, and I have lots of bird feeders out. (I found in PA this drew them in closer to the house.)

I guess it depends on how far out in the woods you are. We're pretty much surrounded by woods and have what you'd expect from that in the way of deer, chucks, foxes, etc.

I'd check with a local nursery as to what might tear up your garden and how to repel them.
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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We're looking to move somewhere near Crossville-Watts Bar-west of Oak Ridge. We're looking to live somewhere fairly rural and were wondering about the wildlife. Do you have much problem with black bears getting into things? How about coyotes or panthers or other predadors? Just wondering how much protection for the chickens, rabbits, etc. will be needed.... Also, how difficult is it to raise a vegetable garden, fruit trees, berries etc.? Are the local critters so thick they try to eat everything or are they a problem. We've seen major difficulties here in central Texas with deer eating everything that's green, including all the "deer repellent" varieties. Trying to figure out how difficult living out in the woods is going to be.
Chuck
Moving west of Oak Ridge...even further away from the Smokies (where the bears are). In all my years in Tennessee (a half-century), I have seen only 4 black bears which were not in the Appalachians...3 were all North of Knoxville, and 1 was on the Seymour side of Knoxville (east of Crossville, east of Knoxville).

Panthers usually get eaten by the elephants.

Coyotes are cleverly disguised as gray foxes.

The Predators are Nashville's Hockey Team.

The best time to raise a garden is during deer season.

The closest black bears are vacationing at the Knoxville Zoo.

The worst "predator" in Tennessee is the Striped Skunk...they love gardens, and are very persuasive in establishing their territory.

The tallest "predator" in Tennessee, and not just around Crossville/Watts Bar ls Sasquatch.

Beware the shotgun-toting predators...they like gardens too, and are more persuasive about their territory than the skunks.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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Default Lions & Tigers & Bears, oh my

Doubt you would have much problem with Bears, but Coyotes, Racoons, Foxes, Bobcats etc. are everywhere in rural areas. For Chickens/Rabbits you will need a good, close wired fence.
Four feet underground with eight feet above ground and a top might do it.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Only thing on the Plateau and rural Tennessee is rattle snakes & copper heads just watch were you step when in the woods and rocky areas.

Killer cows blank stare and licking the air with the tongue.

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Old 09-09-2012, 04:35 PM
 
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Why worry about bears when there is a lion and tiger sanctuary in western Roane county?

Neighbors growling over large population at Tiger Haven in Kingston » Knoxville News Sentinel

You can hear them growling in the distance from my dad's place. I think it's pretty cool but undertand why next door neighbors would find it annoying.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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We're looking to move somewhere near Crossville-Watts Bar-west of Oak Ridge. We're looking to live somewhere fairly rural and were wondering about the wildlife. Do you have much problem with black bears getting into things? How about coyotes or panthers or other predadors? Just wondering how much protection for the chickens, rabbits, etc. will be needed.... Also, how difficult is it to raise a vegetable garden, fruit trees, berries etc.? Are the local critters so thick they try to eat everything or are they a problem. We've seen major difficulties here in central Texas with deer eating everything that's green, including all the "deer repellent" varieties. Trying to figure out how difficult living out in the woods is going to be.
Chuck
Im in the Crossville area. We have been seeing some black bear activity in the past few years due to the programs in big south fork. Its has not been a problem, just sitings. Seldom see a panther and those sitings are vauge and questionable. Coyotes are everywhere. Deer can be a problem depending on your particular area. I raise chickens, ducks, turkeys, guineas, goats and pigs and also raise a veggie garden. The best defense I have is dogs. The critters are out there but wont come in close enough to be a problem because my dogs keep them at bay. The only thing I have had to get my birds was a hawk.
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