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Adventures with Bears

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Living in western Colorado means you're likely to have adventures with bears. We've had our share, from the bear that pressed his nose against the front window and sent our cat into hysterics late one night to the bear that figured out how to put his paw under the bearlock on our garbage can and pry the plastic lid open under it. The most memorable was the bear I came face-to-face with a few years ago while hiking on the mountain (OK, he was headed toward me about 30 feet down the trail, but it FELT like we were face to face). Fortunately, we both decided we didn't want to have anything to do with each other and went our separate ways.

Apparently we had another adventure last night. We still have two hummingbird feeders up on the deck to fuel the little guys before they head to Costa Rica. It appears the bear climbed the steps, crossed the deck to reach the farthest feeder, and then batted the feeder to spray out the sugar water. Since the feeder was full we have sugar water EVERYWHERE, in violent spray patterns on the deck and 10 feet away across the deck furniture. As we surveyed the scene of the crime my husband commended me on always closing and locking the deck windows before bed each night. (And the reason I'm so diligent on THAT is because I worked with someone who ended up with a bear in the house - an adventure I'd prefer not to have!).
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    WOW! Great stories! I bet you are great with small talk at a party...not everybody has adventures like that :) My family has had only one "bear" experience, and it was actually my sister. She was hiking in the woods and her bear spray exploded...definitely not something you want to experience. I'm glad you are safe!
    3693 days ago
    Omg, that's insane! But major kudos to locking the doors every night. Nature must be respected, but boundaries must still be made.
    3701 days ago
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