Bristol, Tenn., residents might think that their town is too populated and developed to be a place where you would see larger wild animals, however that is not true. In the past few weeks, several wildlife sightings have been reported in the area.
M. Mabe saw a rather large coyote crossing Broad Street in front of her on Sept. 27. She describes it as being about the size of a large Alaskan Husky dog. As she drove by in her car, it closely observed her and then headed into the woods that are adjacent to Steele Creek Park.
There is a Nature Center at Steele Creek Park, and you can read about that here.
Another resident from nearby Mulberry Lane described three deer who live in the neighborhood, dining regularly on a crabapple tree in a corner lot. Two of the deer are twins, she explained. Deer are very common in the Bristol area, many of which are almost semi-tame, residing in subdivisions in very close proximity to residents.
This writer saw a black bear in the area behind Wellmont Bristol Regional Hospital on Meadow View Road. (You can read a personal account of the hair-raising experience here.) The bear was a medium-sized bear, probably male, and he appeared to be quite well-fed, probably getting ready for a long winter’s nap.
Wild animals such as these are only a few of the amazing wildlife you may come upon as you travel through the Tri-Cities. Be sure and leave a comment about the wildlife you have encountered right here at home.
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