The Washington Post has a fascinating article this morning about the results of a study in which Smithsonian Institution scientists put up motion-sensitive cameras along the Appalachian Trail to see what critters are about when we're NOT hiking. (And we ARE hiking as often as we can.....)
Result: White-Tailed Deer, elusive Bobcat, more Black Bear than expected, even Coyote. But none of the hoped-for Eastern Cougar, believed to be extinct.
Interestingly, the closer the Trail got to exurban areas, the more Opposum and Raccoon were about.
The Post webpage also has a great gallery of shots from the cameras. For more on the AT, check out our AT Blog.