The Life And Death Saga Of The Kentucky Cave Shrimp

Oct 12, 2017
Kurt Helf

 When you think of cave creatures, shrimp probably don’t come to mind. But, there’s a species of shrimp only found in Kentucky Caves. That shrimp has a turbulent conservation legacy that continues today and it relates to the quality of the water we drink.

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Wildlife biologists say a fungal disease that affects snakes has spread to Tennessee. The affliction can interfere with a snake's vision and, in some cases, deform a snake's head, making it difficult for it to feed.

WPLN radio reported the fungus has been found in Tennessee only on timber rattlesnakes.

A U.S. Department of the Interior report says the agency's activities in Tennessee contributed more than $2 billion to the state's economy last year and supported nearly 17,000 jobs in fields ranging from energy and mineral development to tourism and outdoor recreation.