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Paul Pless
06-15-2011, 03:21 PM
In the park where Katherine likes to ride her bike.:D

http://whmi.com/news/photo/zoom/12492/a.jpg

I think its damn cool as we don't see them where I'm from.
I understand they're pretty rare here and that local and state officials are concerned that park visitors will feed him or that he will discover the park garbage cans.

Also they'd like to know where his mother and father are.:D

Paul Pless
06-15-2011, 03:28 PM
:D
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Soundbounder
06-15-2011, 03:35 PM
Wow! I saw some about 4-5 years ago, but I was much farther away.

Where was this taken?

Paul Pless
06-15-2011, 03:47 PM
Where was this taken?Hudson Mills Metro Park near Dexter, Michigan

Canoez
06-15-2011, 03:48 PM
Dude. Seriously?

This picture was taken from my living room (our last house) through the sliding glass windows of our deck on a rainy day:

http://i51.tinypic.com/2a930hu.jpg

Later, when up at WoodenBoat for a class, the family was camping in the field and Rich Hilsinger was warning us about bears. We were like, "Yeah, right." Didn't see a bear all week.

Paul Pless
06-15-2011, 03:51 PM
This picture was taken from my living room (our last house) through the sliding glass windows of our deck on a rainy day:That's awesome, looks like he just wants out of the rain. Did you feel protected by the glass door?


Ken Hutchins posted similar photos from both his house and his hunting cabin.

S.V. Airlie
06-15-2011, 03:58 PM
Damn! I'd say shoot it, stuff it and mount it on the wall. How dare a bear has the audacity to take up our space? I need a "sarcasm tab"!

Canoez
06-15-2011, 04:03 PM
That's awesome, looks like he just wants out of the rain. Did you feel protected by the glass door?

Strangely, yeah. So long as he didn't come up on the deck. I was washing dishes in the kitchen (the sink is just above the hatchway at that house) and looking out the window. On the window was a small birdfeeder mounted on suction cups. I heard a small noise and found myself face to face with this bear. It reached one big paw up and swiped the feeder off the window. As a friend once understated, "I nearly had kittens."

Later in the afternoon, I went out to take some compost from the kitchen to the compost bin on the corner of the house and walked around past the deck. On my way back to the house, I noticed the bear huddled under the deck looking thoroughly miserable and trying to stay dry. I'd walked right past it.

We live in an area that supposedly has the most dense black bear population in the continental US with a population density of about 2-3 per square mile, so we've had numerous visits.

Sitting out on the deck when the in-laws were visiting having drinks with friends, a bear walked past on the hillside behind the house and didn't even seem to take notice of us.

Another time, I'd dragged some downed sticks from the front yard and was headed for my brush pile, head down as I trudged up the hill. I heard a ripping noise and snuffling. When I looked up, I was about 15' from a bear digging for grubs who was about as surprised as I was. I put the sticks down and backed away slowly. I made my way to the front yard where a neighbor called out a warning, "Hey, there's a bear around." My reply? "NO S***!"

Soundbounder
06-15-2011, 04:09 PM
We live in an area that supposedly has the most dense black bear population in the continental US with a population density of about 2-3 per square mile Looks like the Black Bears of UMaine are appropriately named

Canoez
06-15-2011, 04:10 PM
Looks like the Black Bears of UMaine are appropriately named

That'd be true if I lived in Maine... |;)

Soundbounder
06-15-2011, 04:15 PM
That'd be true if I lived in Maine... |;) I stand corrected! For some reason I thought you lived in Maine.

Canoez
06-15-2011, 04:17 PM
Nope - in the land the Pocumtuc call Nonotuck.

SMARTINSEN
06-15-2011, 04:18 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3344/3630357299_91a23b725b_z.jpg

May of 2009 in the front yard of our old house in Winchester Center CT.

I think that the state DEP estimates about 1000 bears in the state of CT, mostly into the northwest corner, which is considerably less developed than the rest of the state.

S.V. Airlie
06-15-2011, 04:24 PM
The only time there was a reference to U Maine's back bears was at a sports event. When I was there, the bear statue was in total disrepair. A front leg was falling off, and no one not interested in the U Maine football team paid much attention. And in the early seventies, the black bears sucked big time. Rumor had it, that then I graduated, it would cost 25 grand to fix it or replace it....Yup, a great mascot. I'm on a roll!

TimH
06-15-2011, 04:34 PM
They have black labs in michigan.

S.V. Airlie
06-15-2011, 04:39 PM
They have black labs in michigan. WOW, now I can really go on a rant about inbreeding etc. Won't do it though but what an opportunuity to do so..

JimJ
06-15-2011, 06:14 PM
Are they as cuddly as koalasB:?:D

Chris Smith porter maine
06-15-2011, 06:54 PM
Hi Paul,
I live in Maine and truly love black bears but they can be pests if in the wrong location, destroying bee keepers hives, getting into trash, raiding bird feeders, generally that kind of stuff, especially in the spring, they had an attack in Madison NH a couple of weeks ago, not to far from were I live, a bear who folks had been feeding went after a woman that lived next door, she was mauled but lived, feeding bears is a bad idea and people tend to do that in parks, that bear looks to me to be a 1 year old hard to tell but looks young, if so it probably spent last winter denned up with mom, well mom has new cubs now so she will force him or her out this summer to fend for themselves alone for the first time. they need to find food and a place for themselves to live, Are there trash cans, easy food or food smells, that kinda stuff at this park, is it " in Town" if so I would recommend you let a Game Warden, or who ever is in charge of this stuff know. They might wish to move it to a better location, we do it all the time up here At the very least I would be careful, yes they are more afraid of you than you them, but if they feel threatened you won't out run one.
I had one once come into the house thru the screen door the hard way, I left the glass part of the slider open on a hot summer night, he went right after the sugar bowel on the kitchen table. It was very memorable.
Regards,
Chris Smith
Paradise Porter Maine

S.V. Airlie
06-15-2011, 06:56 PM
Were bears there first? Or we the usurpers?

Canoez
06-15-2011, 08:03 PM
We usurp too much. Last year there was a mother bear and her two cubs in the area. They didn't bother anyone but were wandering though neighborhoods and backyards doing bear stuff. There were lots of pictures and video around of them One of the cubs was sort of shy and hung closely to mom. The other was very active and sort of a clown and would wander away. Not to anthropomorphize, but you could see from some of the video how much the mom really cared about the cubs, snuggling and nursing, swatting when they didn't behave and what not. The clown cub wandered off too far one day and was hit by a car and had to be put down by a local police officer who arrived on the scene. The mother bear was distraught that day calling for the cub that was hit - an awful sound - and basically hugging the other cub to keep it from trying to go find the other. Was a pretty sad day, really.

Ed Harrow
06-16-2011, 09:36 PM
http://www.hopnews.com/bear_black_ryan.jpg

Just down the street. People are already in a panic, LOL. "That's it, no more walks for me!" Said party clearly never crossed paths with a fisher (we've got them about here, too, tho pretty uncommon)

Soundbounder
06-18-2011, 11:08 AM
A story today in the Hampshire County Gazette:

Northampton (MA) Considers Bear Feeding Ban

http://www.gazettenet.com/2011/06/18/bear-basics

With encounters between black bears and humans increasingly commonplace, and complaints about people feeding bears on the rise, health officials say it's time to enact an ordinance with claws to deter those attracting bears with food.

"I was shocked there wasn't any state regulation against feeding the bears," Northampton Health Director Ben Wood said in a recent interview. "There's nothing at our disposal to force somebody to stop."

Michael Beckman
06-18-2011, 04:20 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/31398_393181894570_762934570_3797003_1283435_n.jpg
Driving through BC last summer.

BrianW
06-18-2011, 11:51 PM
Were bears there first? Or we the usurpers?

It would be a rare black bear that's older than even our youngest contributor. So the answer is... "we were here before any bear you may run into."

Lucky_James
06-19-2011, 01:34 AM
http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h331/Lucky_James/P1010029_4.jpg
Early Morning Commute Distraction....

pingree8
06-19-2011, 04:29 AM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/31398_393181894570_762934570_3797003_1283435_n.jpg
Driving through BC last summer.

Thought they did it in the woods.

Spin_Drift
06-19-2011, 04:54 AM
I have a series of photos of these two bears. This is the first shot.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/5de15368.jpg


Thought they did it in the woods.

Funny you should say that.

They DO do IT in the woods. This is the last photo of the series. LOL...

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/827e6a31.jpg

BrianW
06-19-2011, 06:45 AM
Nice Spin!

For those not up on bear ID... those are brown bear.

seanz
06-19-2011, 07:01 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW18CzVzts4

Spin_Drift
06-19-2011, 12:44 PM
Nice Spin!

For those not up on bear ID... those are brown bear.

Ooh, and they are MUCH bigger than black bears. :)


These two met on the road. Ate road kill and headed to the woods for that private moment.lol...

Spin_Drift
06-19-2011, 01:00 PM
In the park where Katherine likes to ride her bike.:D

http://whmi.com/news/photo/zoom/12492/a.jpg

I think its damn cool as we don't see them where I'm from.
I understand they're pretty rare here and that local and state officials are concerned that park visitors will feed him or that he will discover the park garbage cans.

Also they'd like to know where his mother and father are.:D

Paul, that is a nice picture and I'm sure, a delightful sight to see. Just stay clear of them. We have black bears on our yard from time to time and when they are here we go inside. They are cute to look at but unpredictable.

Three of them had became nuisance bears since this spring and fish and game put them down. Sometimes some dumbshyte leaves garbage outside or in the back of their pickup truck and it draws bears. Once they get into garbage, they won't stop and the fish and game has to step in. It's too bad that people don't learn and because of their carelessness, a bear has to be put down.

Bears are pretty aggressive here in Alaska. Quite often you read in the paper about them attacking cyclists on bike paths...

purri
06-19-2011, 07:55 PM
^ fast food eh?

Soundbounder
06-22-2011, 10:03 AM
http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab79/Soundbounder/20110622-002834-pic-998576747display.jpg

photo credit: Hampshire Valley Gazette
http://www.gazettenet.com/2011/06/22/with-pluck-perseverance-mama-rescues-her-3-cubs

Soundbounder
06-22-2011, 10:08 AM
http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab79/Soundbounder/20110622-002834-pic-458536836preview.jpg


http://i851.photobucket.com/albums/ab79/Soundbounder/20110622-002834-pic-150258429preview.jpg

NORTHAMPTON MA- When Larry Jones pulled into the driveway of his Spring Street home in Leeds early Tuesday afternoon, the sight of a black bear standing in front of an open garage didn't surprise him.

"I've had 'em up here hundreds of times," said Jones, the city's former fire chief, who lives at 530 Spring St.

http://www.gazettenet.com/2011/06/22/with-pluck-perseverance-mama-rescues-her-3-cubs