There are more than just pigeons and stray cats roaming the “wilds” of the city, and readers have been noticing. Despite being an urban landscape, the Wyoming Valley hosts many species of wildlife that go unnoticed.
Fortunately, these two examples happened to reveal themselves when a camera was handy. Gary Russell photographed this family of red foxes in May along the river in South Wilkes-Barre, near the Barney Farms area. Russell wrote that the adult female fox had five kits this spring, and while living along the river he witnessed the group feeding on a goose she had killed. Russell said he and his wife first noticed the foxes in April while riding their bikes on the dike. In addition to the daily fox sightings, Russell said he also saw a bald eagle flying over the area.
Lastly, what is becoming a more common example of urban wildlife lately is the black bear. Kelly Maniskas was traveling on Eighth Street in Wyoming on July 27, when she photographed this large bear crossing the street. Maniskas was with her mother, Karen Mazzaccaro, at the time when this large bruin appeared in the street. It’s likely not the last time this bear, or others, will venture into Wyoming Borough.
Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or anything unique? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to firstname.lastname@example.org.