Every once in a while, I’ll open up a contributed trail cam photo and find the image staring me in the face a bit intimidating. Today’s reader-submitted pic had just that effect. In fact, I may have quickly leaned back in my chair when I saw the big black bear staring back at me.

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The good news: I don’t have to worry about running into this bear in the Maine woods (though there are surely bigger bears out there). The photo came from Catherine in Hamilton Township, Pennsylvania.

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“We’ve seen him several times as he roamed our neighborhood this summer/fall, but he’s camera shy and we only caught him on camera once,” Catherine said. “He seemed to like to walk the deer trails in the woods near our home.”

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John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine’s great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he’s the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their…

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