Think of these three photos of two different bears as “before” shots. They were taken early in the winter, before the bears retreated to their dens. Now, as spring finally returns, the bears have likely emerged from their dens and they probably look a bit thinner, as would be obvious in an “after” photo.
The weight loss from the winter slumber results in a pretty big appetite when bears emerge in the spring. That’s why it’s probably a good idea to bring bird feeders in at night and remove any other potential food sources that could attract bruins.
Still, it’s not a guarantee that a black bear won’t venture into your yard.
Mary Dennis snapped two photos of a bear that frequented her backyard late last year. He used to come around at night, Dennis said, so she made a habit of bringing her birdfeeders in at night. When the bear started showing up in the late afternoon, Dennis stopped putting the birdfeeders out at all.
Ralph Romanowksy of Shavertown used a trail camera to capture a late night image of a large bear in his backyard last November. The bruin looks right at home and didn’t seem to mind the flash from the camera.
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 email@example.com.
— Tom Venesky