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Wild on the Pioneer Valley: Readers' candid photos of wild animals. Send us your pics

  • ROBERT HINCKS
  • ROBERT HINCKS, of Florence<br/>
  • ROBERT HINCKS, of Florence<br/>Hincks snapped a picture of a woodpecker while "flood kayaking on the Mill River in Arcadia" in Easthampton.
  • ROBERT HINCKS, of Florence<br/>These two skunks got stuck in one of the window wells on Hinck's home. The floor mat was put there as an escape route, he explained.
  • ROBERT HINCKS, of Florence
  • JO-ANN BOWEN, of Northampton<br/> "A young male bear visited our back deck, stood to smell the heather and then, moved on," Bowen wrote in an email to the Gazette.
  • JANICE HANLEY, of Florence<br/>Hanley caught pictures of a family of bears - with at least four cubs - on June 11.
  • KRISTINA COHOON, of Southampton<br/>Cohoon took this picture of a bear munching on her bird feeder on the morning of May 29. She says the bear has been visiting her backyard since 2011.
  • DEBRA JOHNSON
  • JANICE HANLEY, of Florence
  • BARBARA BURKART, of Amherst<br/>Burkart says she gets a lot of wild turkeys in her backyard. In 2007, she took this picture of two large turkeys when they hopped up on her deck.

Yesterday we tempted you with a picture of a bobcat in the wild - wild backyard, that is. And you've responded with some great new photos of run-ins with Pioneer Valley wildlife.

Robert Hincks, of Florence, had a whole bunch of photos to share with us, including a picture of a squirrel with its head inside a pumpkin and another one asleep on a tree branch. Hincks snapped a picture of a woodpecker while "flood kayaking on the Mill River in Arcadia" in Easthampton. Those skunks are actually stuck in one of the window wells on Hinck's home. The floor mat was put there as an escape route, he explained. The last picture of Hincks that we have up is that of a brave, momma bear climbing his stairs.

Jo-Ann Bowen took this picture of a curious bear in her backyard yesterday. "A young male bear visited our back deck, stood to smell the heather and then, moved on," Bowen wrote in an email to the Gazette.

The picture of the young bear standing was taken by Janice Hanley, of Florence. She took this shot from her home on May 17. She also caught pictures of a family of bears - with at least four cubs - on June 11. The turkey picture is a Hanley, too. It was taken back in April.

Kristina Cohoon, of Southampton, took this picture of a bear munching on her bird feeder on the morning of May 29. She says the bear has been visiting her backyard since 2011.

Barbara Burkart, of Amherst, says she gets a lot of wild turkeys in her backyard. In 2007, she took this picture of two large turkeys when they hopped up on her deck. in 2007.

Keep sending us your nature photos. We'll be putting up new ones online and publishing them in our daily print edition throughout the summer. Send your pictures to webeditor@gazettenet.com. Please include when and where the photo was taken, what kind of animal is in your shot, who you are and what town you're from. Any other details you want to include only makes the story better.

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After having four bear cubs in our yard last spring, I haven't seen any bears this year (nor heard any Northampton bear nuisance stories.) I've been wondering where they all went!?

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