the last I heard was Alligators have moved all the way up to Memphis is recent years. Is that
normal for Tennessee? ...
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Yes it is completely normal as the following map of the historic range of Alligator Mississippiensis proves.
Memphis, Tennessee is at the South West corner of Tennessee where the Delta Region of Mississippi and Tennessee meet. This is the Alligators historic Northern limit. This map also proves that up until about 1979 there had never been alligators in the upper Tennessee River drainage. The 25 mile long stretch of rapids called The Mussel Shoals keep gators confined in the lower Tennessee River drainage if there ever was a gator population down stream from the Mussel Shoals on the Tennessee River.
The curtain rises on Mr. Sane Citizen fishing on the river bank.
2 Loony Left Wing Tree Huggers enter from stage Extreme Far Left Wing:
1st tree hugger: Oh looky, Kooky a wonderful, beautiful, magnificent, beaver has eaten the bark off the wonderful, beautiful, magnificent tree that you and I love to hug the most, oh my, oh my, what are we to do?
Sane citizen: You could legalize beaver trapping on this stretch of the river and some of us Sane Citizens would have another source of seasonal income, besides I've heard that beaver is good eating.
Both LLWTHs in unison: Oh NO not by the hair of our chinney chin-chins you sadistic fisherman NO not ever, not in a thousand years NO, NO, NO never NO.
The sane citizen moves to a quieter fishing hole and goes about his business.
Months go by and then one day the same sane citizen opens his newspaper and there is a picture of his Congressman a Mister Ronny Flippo and the two LLWTH we met earlier. All three have this big fat S-E-Grin on their faces while they release 55 Louisiana gators into the Tennessee River without first informing the community or holding Environmental Impact hearings about what they were up to. You know if you believe in your heart that you are a god, like all the Loony Left Wing Tree Hugger or Dimocrat Congressmen believe, in your own eyes at least, you never have to ask us ignorant citizens for permission to do anything, and you definitely never have to say that you're sorry.
When the shouting and the finger pointing ended, the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers got busy as beavers scooping up gators. I think that the Gooberment fisherman recaptured 3 gators and it only took these intrepid men 6 months to accomplish this feat of daring do. By comparison some of the Good-Old-Boys like Troy Landrieu on Swamp People can catch 500 gators in just 31 days. Years go by and now these 52 elusive alligators have established a breeding population of alligators where God and Mother Nature never intended for one to be. The gators however have proved to be inefficient at controlling beavers in a big water or river environment but while the LLWTHs' trees are not dying as fast as they once were from beaver damage, the beavers and gators both are now having a negative impact on river bank stability because the beavers abandoned shallow gator infested back waters and are now busy as beavers and alligators can be digging beaver dens and gator holes into the river bank.
This will require the expenditure of millions of dollars to rip-rap the entire river bank. Now our two LLWTH favorite trees are toppling into the river channel as the beavers and gators both undermine the river bank. Meanwhile back at their Summer estate in the French country side, the 2 LLWTH we met earlier pop the cork on another bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1929 and raise their glasses in a toast to their success at putting the screws to the United States and to the sane American citizens who must now deal with these reptilian apex predators in their daily lives. Fade to black. I can say these things about because I once thought of myself as a tree hugger or environmentalist, however I have never been a loony left wing anything.