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A BOBCAT 3400 IS THE NEWEST TOUGH ANIMAL ROAMING THE RURAL TENNESSEE COUNTRYSIDE AND TRAVERSING THE TERRAIN OF THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS


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Nestled against the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and along the Little River are 200 acres belonging to homeowner and Townsend, Tenn., resident Doug Sopha. About 100 acres of Sopha’s land is timber and trails, while the remaining 100 acres are occupied by hay fi elds and pasture to support one of his many hobbies — raising animals.


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Sopha is 61 years old and has been retired from the commercial tire industry for more than 10 years. He enjoys his rural lifestyle, including his unique assortment of wild animals. His animal collection includes fallow deer, elk, buffalo, cows, horses, donkeys, goats, llamas and a camel. Sopha explains why he’s added the animals since he moved to the property.


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“After I bought the property, I never saw any deer,” he says. “I bought some fallow deer, installed fences and watched them multiply over the years. Today I have approximately 18 deer; they’re beautiful animals, and I enjoy looking at them.”


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Prior to retiring, Sopha spent his professional career with a company named Hoosier Racing Tire. He became affi liated with the company while he was engaged in another hobby — driving race cars.


“I grew up with Hoosier Racing Tire,” Sopha says. “I was driving race cars as a hobby when I fi rst heard of the company. I started selling tires as a dealer, and then I became their fi rst distributor, serving the southeast United States. I distributed their racing tires until 2000 when I sold my business. It was good to me through the years.”


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