Grazing and haying are being phased out, and prescribed fires and mowing in some areas now keep the fields open for wildlife viewing.

Smoky Mountain Views
  
A deer crosses a field where cattle used to graze. Other animals in the Cove are black bears, European wild hogs (non-native), bobcats, river otters, wild turkey, copperheads and timber rattlesnakes, spotted and striped skunks, gray squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks ("groundhogs"), coyotes (self-introduced exotic), gray and red foxes, raccoons, and numerous birds.
(Photo by Daniel Butler)
  
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