The agency that oversees Tennessee wildlife is rethinking its approach to managing hunters and wild animals.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency now plans to take a hands-off approach to game populations and instead spend time protecting their habitats.
Previously, game wardens might physically move elk or turkeys to a certain part of the state to beef-up numbers. TWRA says that kind of intervention will no longer be a focus.
The agency says most big game have bounced back to the point that their persistence is no longer in question. TWRA’s six-year plan calls for protecting all types of habitat, from forests to wild grasslands to cave openings.