Animals

Fox in the Yard

April 12, 2018
Fox in the Backyard

I’ve seen this fox a few times lately in our yard. A couple times I even saw it chasing a squirrel, but both times the squirrel got away. I think it’s a red fox despite the darker coloration on its back.

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Wild Turkey

December 3, 2017
Wild Turkey

Yesterday, I saw this turkey in the backyard that survived another Thanksgiving.

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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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