Wildlife Research

Animal Nutritionist

Three species of trout call the Smoky Mountains home: Brook, Rainbow, and Brown. Fish are under a lot of pressure to compete for resources, which has led to several species to be placed on the Park's list of fish to watch. The Spotfin Cub and Yellowfin Madtom are both threatened, while the Duskytail Darter and Smoky Madtom are endangered. Not to be outdone by the rest of the living world, plant life in the Smokies is diverse and plentiful. Several types of hickory, maple, and oak trees round off the top of the list for leafy trees. There are also a multitude of pines, along with spruce, fir, and cedar. Cherry trees are a favorite amongst the black bear and it us not uncommon to see a bear balancing delicately on a tree branch enjoying a snack. Blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry shrubs are also a common food source for bears. Flowering plants make for a beautiful sight in the Smokies. Trillium, Lady Slippers, Columbine, Magnolia, and Violets are common in early spring. Late in spring, Mountain Laurel and Flame Azalea emerge.

Wildlife Unicorn Kid

For the first time, he had doubts about what he was about to do. Wildlife conservation again entered his mind. January 31, 1894, Ernest Seton rode out to check a cluster of traps he had set and finally found Lobo. The gray wolf had each leg caught in four different traps. It was something Ernest Seton had never seen in all his years of trapping wolves. As he raised his rifle to end Lobo's life, the naturalist and wildlife lover took control.