Beverly and Tom live in the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina up against a wild mountainous region. For years, since they purchased their house, a three legged female black bear, they named Sarah visits multiple times a day currently with her three cubs. They've put out a kitty pool on their porch where the bears often drink and bathe. The lock on the sliding door to their house is broken, and Sarah will often break in when they are not home. Here, Beverly catches Sarah breaking in as she walks around the corner. Beverly and Tom are both veterans on disability and Sarah’s presence helps Beverly deal with her PTSD.
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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