This just in tonight from Joe Coleman, near Bluemont!
I’m excited to tell all of you that a young black bear ambled through our yard about an hour ago! – Karen & I were wrapping up our work & I glanced out the front window while answering one last question when I saw it in the front yard.
I bellowed (& I mean bellowed) to Karen who came running & both of us saw it walk through our front woods & part way up the driveway – I grabbed my camera & we both ran out the front door in our bare feet. It was too dark & too far to get a good photo then. It sniffed in the air & cut into the woods behind our neighbors (one of whom was grilling chicken on their deck …).
We then went for a walk trying to re-find it but weren’t successful.
It was a pretty young bear, I think born this past winter though it might be a bit older as there was sign of its mother.
The last black bear I saw in Lo Co was in the fall of 1996 crossing the driveway into Banshee Reeks – that one was a bit larger – the size of my dog who was with me at the time.
It was really cool and looked great!