It is not uncommon to see black bears in the mountains of West Virginia. I remember one summer we went deep into the mountians, far away from any homes or even roads. We were gathering poke greens to preserve for winter. We filled our garbage bags and were going to fill another one apiece when I smelled a bear and suggested we head back to the safety of the truck. We hurried with the two girls safely between us until we reached the truck. We started the truck and just went a few feet when a large black bear ran across in front of us. That time it scared me.
I have seen several bears run across the road in front of us as we are traveling.
My husband works on a surface mine and it is not uncommon for the bears to come to the garbage bins in search of food that the men have tossed out. Just last week he saw a mama bear and two cubs getting in the bin but it was too dark for photos. However this week he did get a photo of what appears to be last years cub.
The bear takes the garbage bags out of the bins and carry them all over the hill side.
It is not uncommon to see sevearl bear each night.
The do not seem to be afraid off the men or machinery as they work
He has seen several coyote but did not have his camera with him.
There is lots of wildlife on the reclaimed surface mine. They reclaim it as they move farther up the the area. Deer is often seen grazing on the grass.
All of these photos were taken the same evening.
I love to see the sillouette of an animal in the moonlight on a hill
I did not crop or edit these photos in any way so you could see all the beauty
What would a photo essay be without a bird. I think this one is a Dove
All of the above photos were taken by my husband while on the surface mine stip job. I hope you enjoyed them.