Last updated: March 08. 2014 9:41PM - 1300 Views
By - tvenesky@civitasmedia.com

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Somewhere in Wilkes-Barre Township, there’s a special woodchuck. Most woodchucks don’t stray far from their burrows and feed on grass and clover. The woodchuck that inhabited Richard Wodarczyk’s backyard last summer, however, had a craving for pears.

And it stopped at nothing to get them.

Wodarczyk said the woodchuck would wander in from a nearby field and scavenge the pears that had fallen to the ground. When none could be found, however, the chuck would climb the tree and shake the branches until more pears fell to the ground.

Sound far-fetched? Wodarczyk has the photos to back it up.

The woodchuck resembles a raccoon in the way it uses its front paws to hold a pear while it eats, and in the manner it can climb trees. Pretty ingenious.

A woodchuck that eats pears and climbs trees? That’s a pair of hard-to-believe occurrences that Wodarczyk has proven to be true.

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@timesleader.com.

— Tom Venesky

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