Black bear cubs play on a rope swing set up in the backyard of an Asheville, North Carolina (USA) home. Located on the outskirts of town, near a historical wildlife corridor that connects multiple green spaces, I placed a camera trap to capture the numerous urban bears that frequent this property. Urban black bears in Asheville are becoming more bold and fearless of humans, resulting in a large influx of bears wandering residential neighborhoods. This image is part of an investigation of urban wildlife intelligence, and how urban bears might be changing compared to their rural cousins.
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Cities Gone Wild
Cities Gone Wild is an exploration of three savvy animals: black bears, coyotes and raccoons. Each of these urban carnivores are uniquely equipped to survive and even thrive in the human built landscape at a time when urbanization is decimating habitat for less adapted wildlife. I tracked these three carnivores in cities across the United States, to reveal how they are using our infrastructure and resources to carve out a unique place in society that might help them survive an uncertain future.
Published in the July, 2022 issue of National Geographic Magazine