With all this talk about big bears, we felt it appropriate to share some of the hefty bruins photographed by readers throughout the area. Keep in mind that most of these pictures were taken during the spring or summer months. For as big as these bears looked back then, they’re considerably larger now.
Clark Van Orden Jr. used a trail camera to catch this large bruin reaching for a feeder in May in Dallas Township. Van Orden said the feeder was strapped to a tree and the bear couldn’t remove it, but the feeder was full of teeth marks.
Rick Pavloski of Hanover Township caught this bear as it decided to take a break in front of his trail camera in Mountain Top. The photos were taken in August and perhaps the late summer heat was getting to this sizable bruin.
Finally, another Hanover Township resident, Don Casterline, was at his cabin in Buck Township this summer when this big bear lumbered by. Casterline said the bear came within 100 yards of he and his friends while they sat on the porch. The bear didn’t mind the company as it decided to scratch its back on a tree. Casterline said he measured the height of the bear against the tree (after it left, of course) and it stood 7 feet tall.
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 email@example.com.