Last updated: February 01. 2014 10:35PM - 1423 Views
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A good example of just how numerous black bears have become in the area are the number of photos that readers have sent in of a sow with cubs. We’re going to run a few this week and more later.

One reason why it’s timely to run a few bear cub photos now is because mothers are giving birth in their dens in January and early February. They will remain there until they are about 3 months old, which means they won’t emerge from their dens until March.

But when they do come out, the cubs are always active and ready to explore their new world, as these photos attest.

Bernice Ziniewicz captured this photo of a mother and three cubs that paused on a rock outcropping near her backyard last July. The curious cubs look like carbon copies of their mother.

The cubs in the next photo were so rambunctious that they knocked their mother down as they played in the White Haven yard of Donna Boulier last August. Triplets can be quite a handful.

So can quadruplets. A trail camera set up by Billy Kenzakoski of Parsons caught this sow and her four cubs as they passed through a property in Bear Creek Township last October. Bears have been known to have as many as five cubs and Pennsylvania’s bruins produce larger litters than those in any other state.

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 tvenesky@civitasmedia.com.

— Tom Venesky

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