Life typically dwells on certain planes. You either spend your time eating plant life or you spend your time eating each other. Neither way is right or wrong; it’s just life! In this class take a virtual walk through nature and take a look at those trophic relationships. It may surprise you. Some of the critters you typically view as cute and cuddly are the most voracious predator species while other large and seemingly foreboding animals are fairly harmless.

Daryl Ratajczak is a wildlife biologist working for the Bureau of Land Management. He obtained his degree in wildlife management and managed a black bear rehab, research, and education facility located outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He worked for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and served as the big game program coordinator, managing the state’s deer, bear, and elk programs, eventually becoming the chief of Wildlife and Forestry for the state of Tennessee.