Last updated: July 27. 2014 3:32PM - 728 Views
By - tvenesky@civitasmedia.com

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Since an overflowing crowd turned out to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Northeast Office in Dallas last week to hear a program on black bears, we figured it was a good time to hop on the bruins’ bandwagon.

Readers have certainly sent in plenty of great bear photos of late, and we’ll run them all over the next few weeks. Let’s kick things off with a few cubs and a group of “teenagers,” if you will.

Bill Wierbowski in Harding used a trail camera to capture these two photos of cubs learning a bad habit - tearing down bird feeders. With their mother sitting contently at the bottom of the tree, these cubs wasted no time climbing up and getting some practice in. Wierbowski said that the mother bear would grunt and the cubs would scamper up the tree. She’d grunt again and they would come down. Well-trained at an early age.

Margaret Banks’ trail camera caught these four young bears in the act while visiting her Dallas backyard in April. Like the cubs in Wierbowski’s photos, these four are already seasoned veterans when it comes to tearing down birdfeeders. It really makes the case for taking those feeders in at night.

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 tvenesky@timesleader.com.

— Tom Venesky

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