Sometimes you just have to scratch what itches. (Hugh Bevan photo)

Sometimes you just have to scratch what itches. (Hugh Bevan photo)

Sitka resident and outdoorsman Hugh Bevan captured this image of a large brownie enjoying one of the delights of spring — a hearty back-scratching — with a remote trailcam. This bear was photographed in an area about 10 miles north of Sitka on April 22. It is one of four large bears the trailcam snapped over a 5-week period, suggesting an unusual density of males. Bevan says he keeps a couple of trailcams in the field at any given time. He pulled this one out on May 28 “because I was getting jumpy about going in there to check it.” For scale, Bevan (at around 6-feet) says his head would come up to the bottom of this bear’s neck.

Check out another of Hugh Bevan’s trailcam images.