Arkansas Wildlife Information:
Arkansas State bird: Mockingbird
State mammal: White-tailed deer
State insect: European honeybee
Arkansas, with its rolling hills, areas of flat plains and fertile soil, is known as ‘the natural state’. It is home to a number of impressive landmarks, one of which being the Crowley Ridge, a region of foothills dissecting the Delta plain. The plain is otherwise flat, and the Crowley Ridge is remarkably distinct from a bird’s eye view. Though much of the region is flat farmland, the northwestern area of the state is home to the Ozark Mountains, the only major mountain range between the Rockies and the Appalachians. The Ozark Mountains are filled with caves, making them ideal for supporting the state’s 16 different species of bats. The summers in Arkansas are warm and humid, and the winters can be very dry but cool. Because of the elevations differences around the state, Arkansas can see significant snowfalls during the winter months.
The state, despite its renowned landmarks and preserved areas of wilderness, once had few large animals that called the place home. Originally, before massive efforts to more toward agriculture, black bears and elk were common. Humans almost wiped both species out, but with intervention from the state, both species have started to thrive once more. The wild hog, which is not native to Arkansas, has help the propagation of another species—the coyote. Coyotes were once considered rare in Arkansas, but with an influx of hogs and rodent species, the canines now have substantial populations in every county of the state. Pocket gophers, one of the most common nuisance animals in this region, are also on the list of food species for intermediate predators.
White-tailed deer, though very common, are not often on the list of prey animals for black bears, coyotes, or bobcats.
Nuisance critters are common in Arkansas. Because bats as so numerous in this state, it’s inevitable that homeowners will eventually find bats roosting in an attic or an old barn. Most of the species prefer the quiet of mountain caves, but a human dwelling will do in a pinch. The caves are also home to endangered crayfish and the Ozark cavefish. Mount Magazine, in the Quachita Mountains, is the highest point in the state and is also home to a rare species of terrestrial snail.
Other common nuisance animals in this area of the country include raccoons, opossums, rats, mice, squirrels, foxes, rabbits, moles, skunks, and snakes.
Arkansas Wildlife Removal News:
Activists Support Squirrel catches animals in Arkansas. - Beyond the wildlife operators - Wildlife operators are not the only ones who take an interest in the annual squirrel harvest. Land managers who must contend with the potential environmental damage when squirrel herds are unchecked and public health officials working to address the Island's high incidence of biting flea borne diseases also have some sort of stake in the annual count. The natural resources department director, declared squirrel management is important to everyone on Arkansas. Mr. Stearns cited several reasons the pest control company declared were well understood on the Island. Those included the squirrel's role as some sort of host for squirrel biting fleas and collisions with vehicles. "There were three that I know about in Aquinnah last week alone," the pest control company declared in an email to The Times. "Most of my department vehicles have dents in the sides from squirrel as well.
Reducing number of pest critters and maintaining manageable herd numbers is an important community function of problem animal removing." Adam Moore, executive director of the Sheriff's Meadow Foundation, in an email to The Times declared land managers have several concerns with squirrel number of pest critters growth. "First, some sort of high squirrel number of pest critters contributes to the high rates of biting flea-borne diseases among Island residents. Second, extensive squirrel browsing of certain native trees, such as oaks, can severely impede the regeneration of these trees. Third, by ingesting the seeds of invasive rat baits and spreading these seeds in their droppings, squirrel unwittingly help invasive rat baits to spread." Mr. Moore, some sort of Yale trained urban area man responsible for managing more than 2,000 acres, declared squirrel are fond of some of the rare rat baits that Sheriff's Meadow is trying to protect. An excessive squirrel number of pest critters would make it more difficult for these rat baits to survive on Arkansas.
"As land managers, we sometimes take extra measures to protect certain rat baits from hungry squirrel," the pest control company declared. "At Arkansas Sanctuary, we are trying to restore some sort of native but long lost tree, the Atlantic white cedar. As this tree is very palatable to squirrel, we've installed tree shelters around the cedars to prevent them from succumbing to the browsing of squirrel." Last year, the Island boards of health, with the support of their town selectmen, applied for and received some sort of multi-year priority grant for some sort of biting flea-borne disease community health initiative the Arkansas Hospital funded through some sort of state-required community health program.