If you have any questions about the wildlife of Memphis, you can contact the Tennessee Wildlife Commission, sometimes called the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Agency. Tennessee game wardens address many wildlife management matters, from hunting licenses, to poaching, endangered species, and Memphis wildlife management. They deal with wild animals outside the range of a pest control company, such as cougars or bears. If you have a problem with nuisance wildlife in Memphis like squirrels, snakes, bats, or raccoons, the state agency is very unlikely to help. You need to hire a private company (here are their prices) such as Critter Control at 901-254-7510.
Tennessee State bird: Northern mockingbird, bobwhite quail
State mammal: Raccoon
State reptile: Eastern box turtle
State amphibian: Tennessee cave salamander
State fish: Largemouth bass, channel catfish
State insect: 7-spotted ladybug, European honeybee
Tennessee is usually assumed to be completely flat due to its central location in the country. This isn't the case, however. The eastern part of the state contains a section of the Appalachian Mountains, as well as the tallest peak in the range. Much of the landscape is flat farmland, but Tennessee has an abundance of trees throughout the landscape, particularly in what is known as the Blue Ridge section of the state. The summers are typically hot and humid, but higher elevations often show cooler temperatures in the winter accompanied by snow. Tornados do visit the state on an average of 15 per year, but fog tends to be the most persistent weather issue, especially in the Smokey Mountains.
The raccoon is the state mammal, and though Tennessee might recognize the cute critter as a representative, the warm weather and beautiful forests of this state only increase the chances people are going to have nuisance issues with the masked opportunist. Other nuisance animals that make their homes in Tennessee include snakes, rats, mice, squirrels, skunks, and porcupines.
Black bears in Tennessee can grow to be upwards of 500 pounds. They are the most common predator seen by hikers and campers, though there are other large predators in the state. Cougars and bobcats are the largest of the feline species present, and these cats are often bolder than their cousins in other regions of the country. The Tennessee park service warns campers about cougars and bobcats loitering around campsites. Coyotes are a presence in every area of the state, and red wolves were reintroduced into the region back in the early 1990's.
Known as the salamander capital of the world, the Smokey Mountain National Park has over 30 different species of salamanders in five different families, making it the most diverse population of such creatures in the world.
Tennessee also has an issue with armadillos. These animals, which can carry leprosy, are often hunted for food. They are docile and quiet, but they can do considerable damage to a yard overnight. Beavers and muskrats also can be problematic in Tennessee. With ample valleys and mountain streams, these semi-aquatic animals make their homes by damming up water and creating floods.
To report a dead animal on the road, an injured bird, a lost baby squirrel, a dangerous bear, or anything like that, call animal services at 901-636-7297
If they can't help, call the Tennessee Wildlife Commission at 901-636-7297. You can also call your local sheriff department at 901-636-7297 - they often deal with public wildlife issues.
We are experts with all kinds of TN wildlife and are familiar with the wild animals native to Memphis. If you need Memphis pigeon control, geese or other bird removal, we can help. We are experts with skunks and
skunk problems, digging animals such as moles, armadillos, & groundhogs, and we offer Tennessee beaver control and removal. Critter Control also provides dead animal removal services. 901-254-7510
We service Memphis TN, and the greater metropolitan area, including the towns of Germantown TN, Collierville TN, Covington TN, Olive Branch MS, and South Haven MS.
Rabies can occur in wild and domestic animals such as dogs, cats, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, wolves, jackals and other biting mammals. Animal Services warns residents to keep pets away from bats or other wild animals. Tennessee has an abundance of wildlife, and Memphis is no exception.
Newly acquired pets should be checked by a veterinarian and vaccinated, and family pets should be kept current on their rabies immunizations as well. Although several species of wildlife roam Memphis, only a few, such as raccoons and squirrels and rats are considered pest wildlife.
Some symptoms of rabies include shyness in a usually friendly pet, restlessness, excitability, aggression, sudden mood changes or excessive drooling, according to WebMD. Animals that are normally active at night, such as bats, raccoons and skunks, seen active during the day is also a sign of infection. Tennessee has many reptiles, and it's important to be able to identify Memphis snake species and mammals.
City and county residents are urged by Animal Services to be aware of wild animals on their property, particularly in rural areas, and report ill or oddly behaving animals to animal services immediately for instructions on proper disposal and disposition of the animal or carcass. Remember to treat the wild animals of Memphis, Tennessee, with respect and care.
If you have a Memphis wildlife problem and need help, call Critter Control at 901-254-7510. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of Memphis. They offer custom Memphis wildlife control solutions for almost any type of wildlife problem, whether it be the noises of squirrels running through the attic, a colony of bats living in a building, or the destructive behavior of a raccoon, they have the experience and the tools to quickly and professionally solve your wild animal problem in Shelby County in Tennessee. Check their prices, and for a consultation, give them a call at 901-254-7510
You're still reading this page? We do not operate Memphis wildlife rescue, or a Memphis zoo or nature center, or Memphis wildlife sanctuary or refuge for volunteers. We are a privately owned nuisance wildlife removal service company. If you need a pro in Memphis to solve your problem for you, call Critter Control: 901-254-7510 and they can help you with your Memphis wildlife problem.