Randy Eells and his family, who own a dairy farm near Conneautville, Crawford County, shared photos of their encounters with creatures far less likely to be seen from the road than cows.
The Eells bought a trail camera in summer 2010 and set it up off Route 98 north of Littles Corners. Whatever else they expected to see, they got a couple thrills when they checked their images.
In October, a healthy-looking black bear triggered the camera as it walked past the mount. The Eells lsaid the bear later was sighted near Crossingville as well.
The real treat came a month later, when a stealthy bobcat let itself be photographed.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission says bobcats in our state usually weigh 15 pounds to 20 pounds, and as much as 35 pounds. The bobcat was protected in Pennsylvania for the final 30 years of the 20th century, but in 2000, with a population estimated at 3,500, a hunting and trapping season was re-established.
While not rare, bobcats are rarely seen. Erie Times-News outdoors writer Mike Bleech said he has seen four in his lifetime.
Thanks to the Eells for sharing their photos. Do you have any special trailcam photos to share?