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Wildlife: June-July, 2009

Issue 4 > Resource Roundup > Wildlife
 
Tomatoes.

Tomatoes grow big and red if elk don't eat them.

USDA photo.

“Critter Gitters”

Elk are notorious nibblers of veggies and flowers. In response to elk devouring the planted garden at the Mountain Farm Museum, rangers at Oconoluftee Visitor Center and wildlife managers agreed to set a motion-activated alarm from 7:30 at night to 7:00 each morning. Visitors should be aware of the alarm, because they could set it off if they walk in the alarmed areas at night (or if they try to munch on some fresh tomatoes in the garden).

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Did You Know?

Fall leaf colors are most vivid at low to mid elevations.

About 100 native tree species make their home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—more than in all of northern Europe. The park also contains one of the largest blocks of old-growth temperate deciduous forest in North America. More...