According to Katherine Caldwell, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in Asheville, it’s “almost incomprehensible,” the number of flying insects bats snap up on their nocturnal hunting expeditions. While their spooky reputation is slowly giving way to a more nuanced understanding of bats’ critical role in the ecosystem, we still have a lot to learn about these unusual mammals.
Over the last 40 years, the black bear has experienced a steady and stable rise, even as they continue to lose their natural habitats to development. This is particularly true in Asheville. Can a peaceful existence continue between man and bear?
The disease of white-tailed deer does not affect humans, but could be devastating for the deer population (photo by Bill Rhodes).