2 bears stop for a photoshoot with a track camera

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Years ago, I first heard the phrase “charismatic megafauna” used to describe black bears in Maine. It’s a fancy term, but what it really means is that people really, really like them.

There are all kinds of other animals that qualify under this heading, and this week while researching this short article I came across a scientific study that sought to identify and list the most charismatic animals.

It’s a really cool list, actually. The tigers and lions are in the lead, while the generic “bears” finished in 18th place. Interestingly, polar bears were eighth, sandwiched between cheetahs (seventh) and wolves (ninth).

But when it comes to Maine’s land creatures, bears rank first in the study. (A quick note: sharks, which we certainly have swim off our shores , ranked 14th). I offer all of this as an explanation of today’s surveillance camera feature, which was sent by Scott Pettit from Butler County, PA. Not that I really needed an excuse to share a cool photo of a bear, of course – they’re charismatic, after all.

Pettit said the photo shows an adult bear standing very close to the camera, looking at the lens, while a cub linger a little further away.

It’s a cool shot, as I’m sure most readers will agree.

Keep those awesome photos and videos coming. And be sure to be on the lookout for other forms of charismatic megafauna on your travels.

Do you have a surveillance camera photo or video to share? Send it to [email protected] and tell us “I agree to BDN using my photo”. In order to prevent neighbors from stopping to try to tag particularly large males, moose or bears, certain identities and towns of origin may be omitted.



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