A nine-banded armadillo in the woods at Tyler State Park

Critters of Tyler State Park

Tyler State Park is teeming with wildlife! Fish, turtles and snakes in the lake; insects, armadillos and deer in the woods; birds in the air and in the trees. Oh, and raccoons. Raccoons in the bushes, raccoons in the trees, raccoons in the bathrooms, raccoons in your tent site, raccoons in your car! I do love them, though. Who among us hasn’t had the occasional urge to pig out all night and pass out in a dumpster?

I chose the username “trashpanda” for this blog because I can’t think of the park without thinking of raccoons—and I also spend many of my working hours there picking up trash.

Below are some recent photos of the critters of TSP. So far I haven’t been able to get good shots of the deer, wild pigs or the park’s lovely pileated woodpeckers, but I have big plans for long lenses and will keep adding to this page.

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