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Reclaimed Mine Lands in Ohio Showing Life

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, unregulated coal mining took place in Southeastern Ohio.

A group called Rural Action has been working to clean up and reclaim these mine lands, and the following video shows that the efforts are paying off.

The Monday Creek Restoration has been going on since 1994. The goal is to reclaim the 27-mile creek, its tributaries and land around it.

Aquatic wildlife has been returning to the waters, so Rural Action was curious if other wildlife were coming back to the reclaimed mine lands.

Members of the group attached motion sensor cameras to trees in the area in 2014 and have seen wildlife returning to the area.

At a coal pile, everything from rabbits to coyotes, deer to bobcats have been using the discarded coal from the reclaimed mine lands as a dust bath.

The group also set up a bait station to target carnivores, and the cameras showed a variety of carnivorous animals, including four bobcats in one shot.

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Reclaimed Mine Lands in Ohio Showing Life