Bears on decks. Bears in backyards. Bears on roads. How about a bear on an archery deer target?
There are very few places where bears won’t dare to roam, including backyards and residential areas. When bears become habituated to people, that’s when problems can result. Here in the northeast, bears are becoming increasingly common in residential areas, and readers have supplied plenty of photographic evidence.
Don Casterline of Hanover Township sent in this photo of a sow with three cubs raiding a bird feeder in his backyard in August. Notice the trail camera mounted on the tree. Casterline said it was turned off, but fortunately his daughter had her cell phone handy when this group paid a visit.
Barb Wilson was driving through Hanover Township in September when she was brought to an abrupt halt by this decent size bear standing in the middle of the road. Wilson got out and snapped a few photos while the bear could care less, she said. Lucky for Barb her car has good brakes.
Another bird feeder raid occurred in Ray Petel’s Wright Township backyard in September. Like Casterline’s encounter, Petel was visited by a sow with three cubs. Could it be the same bunch? It’s possible. Wright Township isn’t that far from Hanover.
Back in June, Donna and Gerald Shumbris had to share their deck with this bear, who they watched sniff the dish towel that was hung out to dry. The photo was taken near Jenningsville in Wyoming County.
Backyard bird feeders and dish towels aren’t the only thing that attracts bears to houses. Apparently archery deer targets are an attractant as well. Ashley Fedak sent in this game camera photo of a large bear standing on a deer target in her family’s backyard in Larksville. Fedak said the bear ripped down the target and the head was found a few yards away.
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.