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Black Bears in Alabama: What to do in an encounter

Black bears in Alabama

AUBURN, Alabama — Black bears populate the Southeast, and Alabama is no exception. Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife scientist and professor in the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, sheds light on the current black bear population and what to do if you encounter one. “Black bears have always been native to the southeast. They have always ... Read More »

Yellowhammer or Northern Flicker: It’s Alabama’s State Bird

northern flicker

AUBURN, Alabama — Designated back in 1927, Alabama’s state bird, the Yellowhammer, is really a Northern flicker . A  member of the woodpecker family, Northern flickers got their common name comes from the bright yellow coloring on the undersides of their wings. Dr. Jim Armstrong, a wildlife scientist with Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said while found in Alabama all year round, the Northern flicker ... Read More »

Pot Belly Pigs as Pets

AUBURN, Ala.- Recently, it has become a trend to own pot belly pigs as pets, but is the responsibility it entails worth the instagram post? According to the American Mini Pig Association, the responsibility of taking in a pot belly pig should not be taken lightly. Here is some things you need to know if you are considering a pig as your ... Read More »

Not All Black Cattle are Angus

AUBURN, Ala. – Looks can be deceiving. Contrary to popular belief, all cattle with black hair are not pure Angus beef, and it has become increasingly difficult to tell the difference. The popularity of Angus beef has risen greatly in recent years due to a marketing push by the Certified Angus Beef brand. Buyers choose Angus beef because of its marbled appearance ... Read More »

Are Fleas Making You Itch?

Flea

The Low-Down on fleas Fleas, like many of nature’s pests, are persistent and hard to eliminate.  These pests are problematic because of their hardy, durable nature. It can sometimes take multiple approaches to rid your household of these pests. Although fleas are considered less dangerous than some common household pests, they should still be treated as quickly as possible. Your family pets ... Read More »