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Photo of unknown animal taken by Bushnell trail camera (automatic) with infrared (invisible) flash. Camera placed by and photo copyright R. Jacobs of Northwestern Pennsylvania. September 16, 2007, 8:32:41 PM. (Full original image viewable by clicking hi-res image link below.)
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) the animal captured by the trail camera is “definitely” a “skinny mangy bear.”
That's all fine and dandy, but there a couple problems with that. First of all, the online community has done quite a bit of photo analysis and creature comparison. As you might expect, some believe the extremity and joint measurements and ratios clearly demonstrate the animal to be an unknown primate, while others remain steadfastly convinced it is malnourished bear.
You'd think the government would provide the voice of reason here, but it seems that a lot of people don't think the PGC is the most trustworthy of sources regarding Pennsylvania game populations, especially considering the brouhaha going on in PA regarding the alleged existence of mountain lions in The Keystone State. Details available in your Link of the Day.
If these allegations of incompetence or impropriety (take your pick?) are true, imagine how the PGC might handle claims of a previously unclassified wild, indigenous primate living in their neck of the woods.
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