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High waters mean threat of potentially dangerous animals

By Brittany Nicholson
By bnicholson@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Although the rain has stopped, the high levels of water are bringing animals out of their natural habitat.

The flooding in the area is causing snakes, rodents and raccoon to rise and potentially pose a threat to residents and businesses.

Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) say if you see one of these wild animals do not go near it.

"We always recommend that they leave them alone. You could potentially have a wildlife specialist to come in and they will remove any unwanted animals to be safely released somewhere else," Rob Colvin, who works with TWRA, said.

The most prominent snakes people should be on the lookout for are chicken snakes, cotton mouths and copperheads.
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