Finding Winter Wildlife

Finding Winter Wildlife
Photo of the day. Cold weather couldn't deter this curious squirrel from playing in the snow. Winter is actually one of the best times to spot wildlife due to lack of natural camouflage. Locate wildlife with these helpful tips for a self-guided mountain safari.

Photo by Del Holston

1. Asheville offers a number of fantastic birding sightsLook to the tree-tops to see how types of birds you can find

2. Take a day trip to watch the majestic Elk at Cataloochee graze through the fields (one of the top 12 items of must-do experiences for 2012). 

3. Be on the lookout for bears. Sure they hibernate in the winter, but that doesn't mean they just sleep for three months (although that does sound nice). Look for them to be foraging about through the woods, especially during mild winter days.

Have fun exploring, but remember to always remain at a safe distance from wildlife. If you cause the animal to change it's behavior then you are TOO CLOSE!

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