This morning about 6 am we got a call from our neighbor across the street that there was a bear up the tree which our front deck surrounds. She said that she saw it as she was going for her walk. I guess it was in our front yard and when she alarmed it, it headed for "familiar" parts--it's a very large tree!
My daughter Nikki, thinking all animals like to hear a human's voice--was talking to the bear from the backyard and the bear went higher. I suggested we go inside and continue our morning activities. I had called a friend from Dept. of Fish and Game and talked with him about suggestions on how to deal with the situation and as I did not want to call any "official" which might result in injury to the animal, he suggested I just leave him/her alone and eventually it would come down and return to the forest.
After a short while the bear came down and wandered around on our front deck--checking out the peanuts [for the squirrels] and the ears of corn [for the jays]. Nikki and I were in the front of the kitchen--which has a glass "prow" front--and observed the bear from about 5 feet. Eventually, it made it's way to the rear of the front yard and climbed the fence--I didn't think the cedar slats would hold it's weight but I have a photo of the bear hanging on to the fence by it's front paws and it's rear feet off the ground. It nimblely made it's way into the next yard and from there went into other backyards enroute back to the forest.
What a day in MM. ROFL .... Mandalay, this is all your fault, now we are posting such good pics from real events in our life ... are we becoming into ONE big family? Now how am I going to bed you guys ... starting to feel like big sister here.
maayan, you sure have a one track mind! lol
I think men as buddies last longer..(no pun intended)..but then familiarity may lead to contempt...lol
When I was very young (between the ages of 1-8) we lived in Ankara, Turkey. At the time it was very common for gypsies to have dancing bears and they would go around from house to house with the bear on its hind feet while the guy would tap on a tambourine and then ask for money. It happened a few times that I would be playing in the front yard and all of a sudden one of these guys would just open the gate and let himself into the garden, with a big bear prancing around on its hind feet! For a 6 or 7-yr old let me tell you, that's a terrifying sight!
This was a California Black Bear, Even though they are brown or Cinnamon in color. Stupid name , huh? I wouldn't reccomend saying that to the bears face though.
The Grizzly, Which is almost extinct now, can grow to be upwards of 1200 lbs. (This bear is probably 250-325 lbs)
I did a research paper in old newspaper archives in college, and the Spainiards that settled California would send caballeros (cowboys) into my mountains in the late 1800's and several would rope one and tether it between horses and bring it down alive to the Wine Making Fort(Colouseum) and chain it on a 20ft chain in an arena.
On Sunday afternoons they would wager on Bulls fighting it. One bear killed 8 Bulls by a powerful slap that would break their necks.
That's why I don't feed the bears.
Bonnie..It wouldn't be a big deal to the newspaper. Now when the mountain Lion chased my cat in the door...
WWPT..that is awesome..hope u send them to the local press..should make headlines!
I grew up living with snakes crawling all over the backyard., cockcroaches the size of your thumb that fly around the house..
An 18 ft python was in the midst of swallowing up a puppy which belonged to a friend..who managed to kill it..
and not long ago , a guy went into the toilet of a golf course and was bitten on his willy by a snake in the latrine and it went back to the cesspool which took two men to catch ..nasty smelly job!..
Here in London I still see squirrels in my garden and wild urban foxes digging through our rubbish bags at night..
Living with the great wilderness in the city is something else..
WWPT...3 yrs ago, where I used to live, I backed onto environmental reserve. One afternoon I had a young female moose in my front yard. Another afternoon I had a cougar (thank heavens my pup was in the garage!). And a couple of days after the cougar, I had a pack of 6 coyotes.
Where I live now, I just get deer, coyotes & a million gophers! lol
This was a sudden, unexpected thing I know people who have lived here 30 years and not even seen a bear...I feel privileged and glad I could share it with you ...May not happen again for quite awhile..City folks note..Bears are still coming around..though seldom..when they do show up..it reminds me of years when they were thirsty...Btw My dog was coming unglued...his bark let me know something different was up. Always listen to you're dog..
OMG.....when I read the title of the thread you know what I thought? That Cubby paid you a visit.....
It's very late here and I'm tired - I need to go to bed....that explains it I guess. GREAT pics though - LOL