Animals

Can You Bear Another Animal Camera?

Time is running out to see this mama bear and her cub cuddling under someone's porch


If you haven't checked out Pennsylvania's latest animal camera, better do it quickly. The mother black bear and her cub who are the stars of the live feed are expected to leave their den any day now. The den is under a porch in Monroe County, which is located in Pennsylvania's northeastern Pocono mountain region.

This is the Pennsylvania Game Commission's first ever live bear webcam. For obvious reasons, the Game Commission isn't saying exactly where the den is located. Game commissioners say the animals are still so out of it that the family who lives in the home walk across their deck every day without disturbing the pair. Listen closely--I can swear you can hear mom snoring!

"This is the first time that we have ever done a live feed on a bear den, and this bear was just the perfect storm to make it happen." Bryan Mowrer, Game Warden, on WNEP-TV

When the sow and her cub leave the den, they won't be back, instead moving to a wooded area where the mother bear will make a summer home and teach the baby to climb trees and find food.

In addition to the bear cam the commission is maintaining "Under the Deck," where they report what's going on under there!

Installing streaming cameras to give humans an animal's eye view of nature has become more and more popular. In Southwestern Pennsylvania there are at least four animal cams.

Hays Bald Eagle Cam : hosted by the Audubon Society, this is probably the most popular animal cam in the area. Located in the Hays neighborhood of Pittsburgh, this camera currently shows the resident eagle pair raising two eaglets hatched from three eggs. The pair first nested in the Hays location in 2013.

Cathedral of Learning Falcon Cam : located high atop the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning, this camera, hosted by the National Aviary, shows falcon Hope incubating 5 eggs which are expected to hatch in mid-April. There has been a nesting pair on the Cathedral since 2002.

Moraine State Park Osprey Cam : located at Lake Arthur in Butler County, north of Pittsburgh. This area has one of the state's largest clusters of osprey nests, thanks to a re-introduction program that started in 1993. This camera is live 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Wildlife Feeder Camera : located somewhere in Southwestern Pennsylvania these three cameras focus on an area where a feeder distributes cracked corn four times a day. The camera operators say the best time to view deer are at dawn and dusk.

FYI, Sportsman's Paradise On-line has a national website with web cams for just about any wild animal you can imagine, from goats to bison, storks and even fish.

And if you haven't had enough, there's always the live camera trained 24/7 on April the Giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in New York whose first labor and delivery was watched by 1.2 million people. April had another baby boy last month and the park has a baby naming contest underway.

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