KIRTLAND, Ohio- A Kirtland man’s trail camera captured photos of a black bear shortly before noon on Tuesday.
Tom Booth said he set up the camera at his Chillicothe Road home and ended up with several images of a 3-year-old black bear.
“Glad I wasn’t out here,” Booth laughed. “If you leave them alone, generally they leave you alone.” He said he puts out food for squirrels and turkeys so the bear likely came to eat.
“Whoever shows up, gets to eat,” Booth said. “That’s our second set of grandchild.”
Whenever the camera senses motion, it snaps a bursts of three photos. Booth said he gets 500 to 1,000 pictures each day.
Jamey Emmert with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Lake County has seen black bear activity over the last several days, which is not unusual for this time of year. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, residents reported seeing a black bear around Taylor Road in Leroy Township Friday night.
Emmert said people should give black bears space and remove food so they will move on.
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