Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The bear is back

We truly do live in the middle of nowhere....we have bears! Our first evidence of bear activity was this photo taken with our trail cam. Hubby likes to set out feed blocks for the deer in the summer and often puts the trail cam on them. After months of viewing deer, raccoons, opossums and the occasional skunk we felt like we hit the jackpot when we got pictures of the bear.


black bear

Nobody saw him (her?) in person that year. Last summer oldest son had the early shift at his job for a few weeks. One morning about 6am I turned out of the driveway and saw a bear cub running across the road. Hubby said the dog flipped out when it ran through the yard a minute later. He's never seen her try to get in the house so desperately! lol I know that where there's a baby....there's a mama, but we never saw her. In early fall a bear was getting into our garbage, but only when it was on the street for pickup. The neighbor came by to tell us the bear gets into his garbage several times a week right in his backyard! I guess our garbage just isn't worth the long hike down the driveway. LOL 

It was quiet again till last week. The neighbor on the other side told us he's seen the bear at his deer feeder. Then this was found right at the edge of our property.



Those are some big bear prints! We've been worrying about the coops since then. All but 1 has a latch system that I doubt a big bear paw could figure out. The remaining coop has a lock, but its a pain in the butt to lock every night.......but of course I'm going to have to lock it every night now! Better safe then sorry, right?
 

Now, I don't know how it works...do bear cubs move away from mom or stay in the same area? We could potentially have 4 bears in the area if momma and daddy are still around with the kids. I don't think bears are very active during the day...but I'll probably take my Gator when I go into the woods from now on. It's loud and bears don't like noise, so hopefully they'll stay away from me. (and if not, I can outrun them better then on foot!) 

It's interesting living out here because while I can call the game commission and have nuisance animals trapped and removed I don't really think that's the right thing to do. This is their home too. I guess we just need to figure out how to live together. I wonder if they'll agree to stay in the back 20 acres?

~L 

4 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! There have been a few sightings of a bear in our neck of the woods! We have not seen him yet, but I often think about what I would do if I ran into him while I am out back doing my pasture check. We have a great nuisance wildlife guy. But I agree with you, if they are not doing damage or a danger to my family they can and should stay!

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    1. Luckily he's stayed out of our 'yard' so far this year, hopefully he'll just stay in the woods and we can live together.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      ~L

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  2. A latch will not keep a bear out! Two year s ago we lost our entire flock of 14 hens to a mama bear and her two yearling cubs. She simply tore the wall off the coop! This is a post about the aftermath http://dogwoodlanerambles.blogspot.com/2012/03/massacre-chicks-are-coming.html. Hope your bear stays away!!

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    1. Oh wow that's awful! We're still having a fox problem, but the bear has stayed away from the chickens so far. I'll head over and read your post now. Thanks!

      ~L

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