In this hilarious article, TWRA nemesis Frank Niceley accused TWRA of stocking coyotes to try and control the Tennessee deer herd. Apparently the TWRA assistant executive director thought it was a joke. The response was classic:
"Actually, we sent some officers over to Arkansas and gave them swimming lessons," he said. "After we taught them, coyotes could swim over the Mississippi River."
I'm always thoroughly amused at people who want huge populations of game species without any natural predators. Coyotes don't eat many deer to begin with, focusing mostly on much smaller prey. The extent some people will go to further their agenda is downright laughable. I'm just glad that Mr. Niceley was shown to be uninformed. Take a moment to read the article for your morning laugh, especially if you are from Tennessee.
UPDATE: 3/13/2015 -- Quill Gordon and Blue Quill mayflies were hatching well on high water in the Smokies today. With the high flows, there were not many fish rising though. This next week is going to be awesome with good weather forecast and dropping water levels.