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« on: May 27, 2021, 09:08:34 PM »
I was sitting with my back to the living room window when I heard a noise behind me, turned around and was eyeball to eyeball with a black bear cub scratching at the glass. :o  It was gone by the time I got the camera out but neighbor says it is still hanging around so c/o has been called. It looks like a yearling but haven't seen the sow. I live in town but this is not uncommon.
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2021, 09:38:30 PM »
   I thought it was going to be something scaly and slithery. Reminds me several years we took a trip to Yosimite and after about 5 days into our trip our daughter mentioned "You know we have not seen a bear this whole trip." That afternoon we were having a late lunch at the foot of El Capitane when my daughter looked up and said "Oh my God. Its a bear!" She, my wife and our travel buddy ran to grab their cameras while I packed up the food. It was a young grizzly cub about 300 lbs or so with big fuzzy looking ears. I was waving at him and he was real tentative and stood and leaned on a nearby tree and sniffed the air and smelled food from a couple a couple hundred feet away. I didn't want to yell and scare the bear away so I was waving my arms till they saw me then I pointed to the bear headed their way and they jumped up and started packing too. He wasn't hurting anything but we knew if  he got too comfortable around people he would have to be relocated or destroyed so the best thing to do was keep the food away and try to scare him off. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2021, 10:29:12 PM »
That is my concern about this one. A habituated bear is a dead bear. I once worked in a national park, a bear was trapped and relocated after tearing up a tent. The wardens stopped for lunch on the way back, by the time they returned it was at the campground so had to be put down.
Our scaly and slithery neighbors are garter snakes and bull snakes which are quite harmless. Further down the valley they get the northern Pacific rattler which normally leave people alone, their most frequent encounters are with nosy dogs.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2021, 11:09:34 PM »
My first home sat on a lake about 1/2 mile off the road, no neighbors - absolutely loved it there.  The bathroom was off the kitchen and being a bachelor I walked into the kitchen one day after taking a shower while towling off.  Turned around and right there in the kitchen window was a mature cow moose with her nose through the opening.  Not sure which of us jumped higher!!   ;D
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2021, 04:42:05 AM »
I've came across 3 bears in different locations so far this spring. None much over 200 lbs. Haven't seen any cubs.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2021, 04:57:03 AM »
I havenít seen any bears this year and Iím deep in the middle of nowhere. Sightings are somewhat frequent here. Havenít heard coyotes yapping in the night for awhile either, I see lots of deer though, I can almost walk up to one, same with the rabbits(snowshoe hares) here, actually I was wheel barrelling dirt around yesterday and one ran right up to me and got on his rear legs and sniffed the dirt I had in the wheel barrel  :D , figure I must be active enough with the sounds of saws, machinery, boulders smashing etc that they keep their distance from my area. I do have frequent bobcats 
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2021, 05:02:57 AM »
I get frequent neighbor's barn cats. :D
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2021, 05:17:04 AM »
I get frequent neighbor's barn cats. :D
We use to get a barn cat show up, he was a hard old fella, parts of ears missing, bobtail, his name was lard ass  :D . I believe he is long gone now, hasnít been around since 2010.
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Re: Surprise visitor
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2021, 06:39:59 AM »
That is my concern about this one. A habituated bear is a dead bear. I once worked in a national park, a bear was trapped and relocated after tearing up a tent. The wardens stopped for lunch on the way back, by the time they returned it was at the campground so had to be put down.
Anybody know this book?   Talk about a habituated bear!  Wasn't the warden who was supposed to put him down. Different times.



 
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2021, 07:49:36 AM »
The warden most likely should have.
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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2021, 08:37:34 AM »
The warden most likely should have.
Warnt no warden.
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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2021, 08:52:54 AM »
   Since we are talking about bears did you know a bear is one of the ultimate omnivores? He will eat meat, fish, berries, nuts, grass, honey, most planted row crops, and anything he can find in your trash can. In the northern regions they fatten up so they can hibernate during the coldest parts of the winter but in the warmer areas of the south they hibernate little if any and remain active during the winter.
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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2021, 09:09:00 AM »
Omnivores. 
Bears make the news all the time here. But this story wasnít so cute and cuddly. 
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2021, 11:40:35 AM »
My little guy was entertaining to watch but not all encounters end well for either party. A few years ago a couple were camping near Mackenzie BC and presumably he got into the adult libation a little too heavily. She went to bed leaving him sitting by the fire, came out in the morning to find what was left being guarded by a wolf and a bear.
Blacks are generally quite timid and will leave us alone unless cornered or guarding food or young. Grizzlies on the other hand can be quite aggressive and are best avoided unless one is well armed and knows how to use it. They are in this area but I have seen very few.
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2021, 03:03:20 PM »
   I hate bears. One cost me a new hot water heater. There is a game trail crossing under my neighbor's fence and my natural gas line runs right under it. Several years ago we started having problems with the gas hot water heater and replaced the thermocouple. That did not fix the problem so we bought a new gas hot water heater. It did the same things so we called the gas company to check the meter. The first thing he did was ask if we had any shutoff valves between the meter and the house. "Yeah, there is one over there under the fence. There is a orange stake beside it to keep the road department from mowing into it." He went out and came back laughing. Evidently a bear had walked under the fence and stepped on the gate valve to the gas line and shut it about 3/4 shut reducing the flow. He opened it back up and there were no other problems. I went out and duct tapped it open to prevent a recurrence. So I figure that bear cost me the price of my new water heater.

   Actually, I don't hate bears and don't hunt or let anybody else hunt them on my place.
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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2021, 03:54:50 PM »
He was just trying to help you conserve energy!  :D
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« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2021, 04:06:51 PM »
   He better not try it again or I may decide instead of gas heat I can just wear a heavy bearskin coat and hat! :D
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« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2021, 04:59:19 PM »
  He better not try it again or I may decide instead of gas heat I can just wear a heavy bearskin coat and hat! :D
I would not suggest "a heavy bearskin coat and hat" as proper outdoor wear during hunting season.
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« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2021, 05:56:51 PM »
   How about if I wear the hair side in? ;) I can wear my orange collar as a hatband too.
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« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2021, 08:31:28 PM »
  How about if I wear the hair side in? ;) I can wear my orange collar as a hatband too.
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« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2021, 06:59:34 AM »
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2021, 07:49:08 AM »
   You must not have any exposed gas line valves. :D :D
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« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2021, 12:06:55 PM »
The cat doesn't look the least bit concerned.
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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2021, 12:48:17 PM »
I wouldn't be too sure of that, @sawguy21.  The cat's ears bent back and the fluffed tail tell a different tale, at least to me.  But I could be wrong. 
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