Animals

Mangy Bear

July 10, 2017
Mangy Bear

My daughters spotted this mangy black bear walking across the backyard this PM. I didn’t get a picture, but a few minutes later a male bear appeared to be following this one, perhaps looking for a mate.

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“Bear Toy”

June 8, 2017
“Bear Toy”

My neighbor James M. shared this photo he took of a bear with a traffic cone. Someone had placed a cone along the side of our road where recent heavy rains caused damaged. A black bear evidently took the cone to play with for awhile. Thanks a lot to James for sharing!

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Dobsonfly

June 7, 2017
Dobsonfly

Last Sunday, we took the girls to Pen Druid brewery in Sperryville, Virginia. It’s not cheap, but I really like their wild IPAs. Also, it’s a family-friendly brewery as they have blocks for kids to play with inside and, even better, a nice grassy field next to the Thornton River. Cara, my youngest daughter, alerted…

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October 2016 – May 2017 Mountain Lions in Virginia Reports

June 1, 2017
October 2016 – May 2017 Mountain Lions in Virginia Reports

Request for Information In addition to posting reports in the comments section of this Virginia wildlife blog, please also send them to John Lutz who is actively monitoring eastern mountain lions in Virginia and West Virginia and writes: The native, wild, free-roaming eastern puma, cougar, mountain lion, panther nor their offspring have NOT left the…

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January – September 2016 Mountain Lions in Virginia News & Reports

October 2, 2016
Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park above their backyard

Sorry for the lack of updates, I have been wanting to do these more frequently, but I finally had time for an update. Here are the reports I’ve seen of mountain lions in Virginia and nearby states during 2016 thus far: Tabatha writes on 01/20/2016: I seen one in WV on Interstate 64w near White…

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Lands Run Gap Fire Road Hike

September 5, 2016
Black Bear Seen From the Lands Run Fire Road

We took a family hike today down to see the Lands Run Falls in Shenandoah National Park. It’s only about a half mile down from the parking lot near Skyline Drive mile post nine. Nevertheless I was pleased we didn’t have to carry anyone on the way back. We have a theory that it’s better…

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