Predators missing from our food web
Drawing by Tate T, Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
Northern pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus)
Drawing by Mandy H, Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
Fisher (Martes pennanti)
Drawing by Chelsea A, Robbinsville High School, North Carolina.
Eastern cougar (Puma concolor couguar)
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Did You Know?
An experimental program to reintroduce elk to the park was begun in 2001. Elk once roamed the Smokies, but were eliminated from the region in the mid 1800s by over-hunting and loss of habitat. Other animals successfully reintroduced to the park include river otters and barn owls.