Mammals In Tennessee

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Wildlife Diseases to Know About

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic carnivores. Distemper is caused by a virus that has a broad host range among North American carnivores including the gray fox, raccoons, coyotes, skunks, and weasels.  Read more about Canine Distemper.


Rabies, also known as “hydrophobia” is a term that frightens many people. Rabies is a fatal disease that affects all mammals including human beings.  Tennessee law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies and their shots kept up-to-date.  Read more about Rabies in Tennessee.


Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a progressive, fatal disease of the nervous system of white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It belongs to a family of diseases known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) or prion diseases. Read more about CWD in Tennessee.


Report a Sick Deer
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Tennessee Bat Working Group web page

Tennessee Bat Working Group

The Tennessee Bat Working Group (TNBWG) was formed in the summer of 2004 in recognition of the need for cooperation among various groups and individuals to help coordinate the conservation of bat species in Tennessee.

Visit the Tennessee Bat Working Group Homepage for more information about 

Non-native Mammals

List of non- native mammals found in Tennessee.

1. Wild Hog (aka feral pigs)

2. Coypu (aka Nutria)

3. Roof Rat

4. Brown Rat

5. House Mouse