Close encounters with Pocono wildlife

Monday night a WNEP TV meteorologist was doing his forecast in the backyard when a mama bear and her cubs wandered onto the set. He made a beeline for the door, knowing he wasn’t supposed to run, but he couldn’t help himself.

The story had a happy ending as the critters wandered off, but I couldn’t help but laugh.


It certainly wasn’t funny when my husband was out running with the beagles when he saw a bear. He ran. And then he called me.

Of course I told him he wasn’t supposed to run, to which he replied, “Have you ever seen a bear close up?”

Just Grizzly Adams on the big screen.

Then I remembered when we were kids and the whole family would go camping at Ironwood Point at Lake Wallenpaupack  over July 4.

One night my brothers and I decided we were going to sleep out on lounge chairs gazing up at the stars. We pulled our chairs around the campfire, plopped the sleeping bags on top and crawled inside for a night of adventure.

Adventure we got.

I must have dozed off because the next thing I remember was my brother Mike’s whisper. “Sis, don’t move. There’s a skunk under your chair.”

No way did I want to stay there. I wanted to run.

Whose afraid of a little skunk? Me!

Finally, Mr. Stripey lumbered away and I remained clean-smelling, much to my relief.

My only regret was that he wasn’t under my brother’s chair so I could see him…and laugh.

But that was the last time we slept out by the campfire.

Live in the Poconos? Don’t laugh, it could happen to you. Every day someone has an encounter with a critter.

If it happens to you, you’ll want to run, too. Even though you know you shouldn’t.

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