Caught on Camera

By Tom Venesky - [email protected]

There’s something about trail cameras that bears can’t resist. Many readers have submitted photos over the years of bears mugging extremely close to the camera. Several people have told me their cameras captured up-close images of bears moments before the bruin ripped the camera off the tree. Photos of bears licking, clawing and mauling trail cameras aren’t uncommon.

Reader David Mackrell is lucky. The bears that have visited his trail cameras got close, but weren’t very destructive. The photos were taken in Jefferson Township, Lackawanna County and all the bears appear quite large. One even has a tag in its left year, which is odd because the Pennsylvania Game Commission typically puts a tag in each ear of every bear it captures. They do this because if one tag is lost, there is still another to identify the bruin if it’s captured again. In the case of this particular bear, the two-tag approach worked.

Capture anything interesting on your hand-held 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 [email protected]

By Tom Venesky

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