In 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the eastern cougar subspecies from the endangered species list in order to “correct a lingering anomaly” that listed the species despite its having disappeared forever at least 70 years go. Read more


The calendar allows enthusiasts to learn more about a place renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life on each day of this and all years to come. Read more



Courtesy Scott Nielsen

The elk was struck by a vehicle Sunday and unable to survive. Read more

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Caara Hunter

At least 35 bears struck and killed in the Pigeon River Gorge in the last 10 months. Read more


North Georgia Zoo is currently holding a naming contest for the pair. Read more


Explore the beauty of the Smokies with author Ben Anderson as he chronicles a year-long backpacking and hiking adventure in this glorious region. Read more


Rankin Bottoms

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Livin

About an hour’s drive from Waynesville, North Carolina, and you’ll be up to your ankles in mud, swatting mosquitoes and listening to cicadas hum from the willows and cottonwood trees of Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Management Area. Read more



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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park occupies some of the most biologically diverse forest on the globe, and the recently competed Species Mapper offers the opportunity to explore that diversity from a computer screen. Read more


King of the forest

Creative Commons Photo

Klandagi, or “lord of the forest,” was the Cherokee name for cougar. The Cherokee revered the big cat; that and the owl were the only two animals to reach the seventh (highest) level of purity and sacredness. Read more

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Bugle boy

Holly Kays photo

Do I stay or do I go? And if I stay, do I just sleep through it all? The Southern Appalachians are home to a large and diverse fauna, and as winter sets in, that fauna gets to work surviving. Read more


Eastern hellbender

David Herasimtschuk photo

Even on a hot July day, the creeks of Roane County are cold enough to need thick wetsuits. Outfitted with snorkels and fins, divers explore the shallow creek’s rocky bottom on a hunt for the elusive hellbender, North America’s largest salamander. Read more

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What began as a gift to a friend has evolved into a major art release to benefit wildlife habitat conservation in North Carolina. Read more


Little Tennessee River

Donated photo

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has released its “Nine in North Carolina Not to Miss.” The list details the top nine places to enjoy wildlife and wildlife-associated activities in the state. Read more


Looking foxy

Margaret Hester photo

There’s a host of furry, feathery, slinky, slimy, big and tiny creatures making their homes across the mountains and with which we share the landscape. Some homes are but temporary. Read more


Hal Herzog

Mark Haskett photo

Granted, I wasn’t always fond of snakes, and even now, picking up a non-venomous redbelly makes me flinch a little. But all in all, the snake world is one I have come to admire. But the kids’ faces are aghast. Read more


Winters in the Smokies can be harsh. The lush green mountainsides of spring and summer turn gray and brown and bare. There are no more tender shoots to browse, no more luscious leaves to nibble and no more juicy berries to slurp. Read more



Michael Meissner illustration

“I want to see the beaver lodges again,” my son had said, remembering a family hike from years ago, and I was happy to oblige. He was fifteen, and this was a rare request as adolescent interests shift to socializing and electronic distraction. Read more


Northern Cardinal

Judy Lundquist photo

My first foray into bird feeding began with a glimpse of an American goldfinch in the trees in my backyard. On my next visit to the supermarket, I spotted a “finch sock,” a long mesh bag full of thistle seed, designed especially for finches. Read more