We’ve experienced a little excitement in our neck of the woods this week. On Monday morning we awoke at 6 a.m. to a broken bird feeder and garbage strewn about the lawn.
“I think we’ve been visited by a bear,” I sighed to husband, knowing the annoyance of fixing the bird feeder yet again. (Hungry spring bears have foraged for our sunflower seeds in bygone years.)
“Yes,” he sighed heavily back. Only a bear could bend our steel bird feeder pole at such a skewed angle.
I cleaned up the garbage. He fixed the pole on Tuesday.
No more sightings of said bear.
You tend to forget these things in the woods. A bear passes by, it’s gone. Old news. Interesting news, but here today, gone tomorrow.
A friend on social media posted a picture of a bear with its paws on their window munching bird seed. Perhaps the same bear? She lives maybe seven miles away as the crow flies. Google says a female bear has a range of 2-6 miles; a male travels up to 15 miles. Black bear excursions of up to 126 miles have been recorded.
Every day I walk up or down our road. Am I afraid to walk with bears around?
No. Cautious, maybe. More alert, maybe. But not afraid.
On Wednesday I walked down the road and met two of the neighbors.
Hello, we said. How’s it going?
We proceeded to chit-chat and almost turned away before one of us said, “Hey, we had a bear last weekend.”
Neighbor immediately shared her story. Not only did they have a bear break into their shed, they have pictures from their game camera!
She estimated the bear at six feet, male, and a lover of dog and cat food. It didn’t prefer oats or chicken feed.
“Can you share the pictures?” I begged. “We would love to see them. My mom would love to see them. She wondered why we knew it was a bear that knocked down our feeder.”
“Of course,” Neighbor replied graciously.
She sent them over yesterday–and here they are. Their game camera caught quite a few cool images, didn’t it?
I posted one of the pics on Facebook yesterday (didn’t have time to download them all) and someone wondered if perhaps the bear might be TOO friendly and need to be relocated. That might be a possibility if it hangs around and gets into any more trouble. But so far–he’s not been spotted again.
A final shot of what the fella did to our bird feeder.
It’s been fun to “see” him via game camera, but he can keep his distance from now on. Keep on moving on, Bear!