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Now Bears!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

We have a bear problem around here. A bear and three cubs walked into the little creek at the edge of our yard about a week ago while I was out on my evening walk with our dog. That is not the end of it. A couple of nights ago, the dog wanted to go out at 1 a.m. to go potty. He stopped on the step, just staring out into space, looking suspicious. Then he decided to pee in the grass at the edge of our walkway, which is only about six feet from our front steps. As he finished, I heard a bear behind our neighbor's house. It was down at the creek as it winds around his house. It made me wonder exactly what our little dog heard, and how sensitive his hearing really is. How he knew. We scurried into the house with little ado.

My husband asked the next morning if it was just noise of going through the brush. No, it was bear vocalizations. I've been hearing so many news stories about bears across the country. I'm taking them as a warning and wisely being cautious. With the first experience I had, my husband felt it was just a bear going through. But it looks like we have one that likes this area.

It wouldn't be a problem really, but I like to walk at the end of the day. Toward sunset, the jet trails are easy to see, and the colors of the sky amaze me. It's my favorite time of day because I'm done with any of the work I'm going to do. Not all the work there is to do, but the work I have designated to get done that day. So I really relax and enjoy MY TIME. I often don't get back until dusk. However, it's not a good time to be going about with wild animals around.

Now it's foraging time for bears. They're on a feeding frenzy to build up fat for winter hibernation. And the females are often pregnant. Do you know they give birth in their sleep? How lucky can you get! I'm afraid our bear will be attracted to our berry patch and bird feeders. They love berries and seeds. Whether she comes into our yard depends on the abundance of the food supply in the general habitat.

The wolf problem was solved when the state held a special wolf hunt earlier this year. There were quite a few taken, and I sensed no more wolves around here.

Now bears!
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HABITATVITALITY 9/19/2013 4:40PM

    And I thought all the deadly animals lived in Australian backyards!! How terrifying would it be to see a wild bear!! My Jack Russell would love that!

Stay safe - hang the washing inside!!! emoticon

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KAREN91 8/28/2013 8:33AM

    Be careful! I'd never go outside if there were bears nearby, you are very brave. Sorry I haven't been in touch much. Mom fell last week and then again last weekend. Minor falls but has also had even more dementia then before. She insists shes still ok to live alone but I'm wondering about this. Anyway I appreciate your friendship very much even when I'm not in touch. emoticon emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/25/2013 2:58AM

    I can understand your concern, but man kind builds more and more into the wildlife's territory. The animals are only doing what comes natural. Hang in there!

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MARTHA-ANN 8/23/2013 5:32AM

    Must be scary but also lovely to see one...says she who lives where the biggest animals are deer and they're so timid we hardly see them...stay safe!

Comment edited on: 8/23/2013 5:34:15 AM

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CBRINKLEY401 8/22/2013 8:47PM

    Very scary! Stay safe. All we have to worry about is skunks around here, but they don't come out until after dark so as long as we finish our walk before then we are fine.

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CHANTENAY 8/22/2013 6:05PM

    I'm starting to wonder if the dog heard the bear through the open windows and that's why he woke up. He rarely goes out at night. Then peed as long as he was there.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/22/2013 4:38PM

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JACKIE542 8/22/2013 3:53PM

    Bears do loves berries. Our neighbors had a big berry patch and one morning we let out dog out and he started barking so I went out to see, thank goodness our yards were fenced because I saw the bear on the other side. I had to grab my dog and pull him in. Your dog is very smart.
Be very careful out there. emoticon

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GINNABOOTS 8/22/2013 2:35PM

    I live in West Michigan and there have been bear sightings around our parts. Too close for comfort. I had to stop running one particular trail. Be safe and keep enjoying your walks.

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