Bear On Camera

Sean Hall of Cloquet captured this image of a black bear Sept. 5 with one of his trail cameras near Floodwood. A trail camera is a remotely placed camera that’s triggered by movement. Hall is an expert with trail cameras and sends me photos regularly for our online Trail Cam galleries.

If you haven’t visited the News Tribune’s Trail Cam galleries, you ought to give them a look. Go to and click on "Local Outdoors" from the left-side menu, then look for Trail Cam.

Originally, trail cams were used primarily by hunters to see if deer or other wild game was moving through their hunting areas. But Hall and others have figured out that trail cams can be cool tools all year around. We’ve seen trail cam shots of wood ducks on beaver ponds, a cougar on the prowl, nice whitetail bucks and elusive gray foxes, among other species. The use of trail cameras has really opened up a new way of looking at the woods and its wildlife.