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Maryann Fannick caught this raccoon red-handed. And she has the photographic evidence to back it up.

On Jan. 31, Fannick caught this raccoon stealing from a bird feeder on her deck in Dallas Township at 7:30 a.m. While things were cold for most of the winter, this raccoon likely ventured out of its den during a brief spell of mild weather to find some easy pickings.

Still, it doesn’t look like Fannick’s birdfeeder was too easy. Look how long the raccoon stretched out — just enough to grab the feeder and swing it within range. Also notice the empty suet feeder above the raccoon’s head and one wonders if it feasted on that before grabbing the feeder filled with seed.

In any event, it’s obvious that bears, squirrels and deer, and obviously birds, aren’t the only wildlife attracted to bird feeders in the winter. Add raccoons to the list, even if they do get caught in the act.

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

— Tom Venesky

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