Animals

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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Black Bear Cub

July 6, 2016
Black Bear Cub

Yesterday, we spotted this cub outside a window.

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Black Bear in the Front Yard

May 19, 2016
Black Bear Lying Down

We’ve seen a couple black bears earlier this year, but this was the first one I was able to get pictures of. It appeared to be looking for bugs/grubs/etc to eat under some wood in the side yard. Then, it took a break and lay down right on the lawn.

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Spring Tricycle Ride

April 15, 2016
Tricycle Ride

During my oldest daughter’s soccer practice, my youngest daughter took a tricycle ride (I walked) along the Eastham Park Trail in Front Royal along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. There were lots of wildflowers blooming including Virginia Bluebells. We also were lucky to see this Red-bellied Cooter soaking up some sun.

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Virginia Names State Snake

February 26, 2016
Virginia Names State Snake

NBC29.com reports: The Senate gave final approval to legislation Thursday that would designate the eastern garter the official snake. The legislation survived an unsuccessful amendment aimed at making the timber rattlesnake the official state snake instead.

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Virginia Box Turtle Reporting