Black Bear Sighting in Rothrock State Forest

After 13 years of poking around in Rothrock State Forest, I saw my second black bear tonight on the fire road adjacent to Detweiler Run. I was on my mountain bike, and heard it crashing down through the woods towards Detweiler Run, after I unknowingly startled it from a distance.

Judging by its size, I suspect it was an adolescent, but not this year’s cub.

The sighting was foreshadowed by something I have never seen: a large green metal bear trap, likely for research, as it was positioned in the woods well after the locked gate to the fire road. The trap was open on one end, with what appeared to be food dangling inside. While I didn’t take a photo, it looked very similar to this one.

An Eastern Box Turtle and now a black bear — a good week for seeing critters. Now where are those timber rattlers…