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.