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Caught on Camera

January 18. 2014 10:26PM

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Here’s a story with a happy ending. A couple years ago, Donna and Allen Brooks were having a problem with moles digging up their backyard in Tunkhannock. They put out some live traps to capture and remove some of the moles, and they ended up catching something a little bit bigger.

One day, during a heavy rain, they noticed something in one of the live traps and, after taking a closer look, they had inadvertently caught a weasel. Donna and Allen wrote that the weasel was quite wet and miserable when they found it, and it wasn’t moving much.

Donna and Allen brought the trap to their back porch where it was out of the rain and gave the weasel some time to dry off. When it did, the weasel became much more energetic and before long Donna and Allen released it back into the yard where it was originally captured.

But the story doesn’t end there. “We never saw it again, but our mole population went down considerably,” Donna and Allen wrote.

Nothing like natural pest control via one of nature’s most efficient predators — the weasel.

Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? 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

— Tom Venesky


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