Good morning everyone on this beautiful Tuesday! Grab yourself some coffee and relax while I tell about my morning. The raccoons have been out and running around for a while now, so I have to bring my hanging feeders inside at night. Now, there’s one I made which is a bit more awkward to bring in and I noticed the raccoons could barely reach it. So I put it out a bit farther and figured it would be safe, so I have been leaving in outside and just bringing in my hanging tube feeder. No problems lately. Good, it works. I go out this morning at 5:45 to put food out for the birds, it’s daylight and the birds are waking up.
When I got outside however, I got this feeling which happens sometimes. It’s like I’m being watched. I look around but there’s nothing out there except some small birds. I hung up the tube feeder, then noticed my other feeder was ripped apart. Crazy raccoons, now I have to fix it. The gulls showed up, so I went back inside and got food for them. Still had that weird feeling though. At 7 am there was a bunch of noise on the deck. Muffin jumped up to the window and was immediately scared. That means a bear.
Sure enough, a bear was out there and broke my tube feeder to pieces. Sigh. Now I have to buy another feeder. So much for bringing them inside to keep them safe at night. This is during the day. Sigh. Then what does he do? He lies down on my deck, kind of curled up and started to wash himself. On my deck. After breaking 2 of my feeders. It was obviously this critter that broke the other feeder, not the raccoons. And this bear is the reason for that weird feeling. He was out there earlier watching me, I just didn’t see him. Happens every time I get that feeling, either a bear or a wolf. Now this was too much, so out I went and chased him off my deck.
This wasn’t a large bear, just a smaller one, but any bear is dangerous, they are wild animals and should never be trusted. They will generally run from people, like this one did, which is amazing considering their size and strength. But that word “generally” is important, because they don’t always run from people. Bears do kill people, up in this area there were 2 people killed by black bears last year. Anyway, I got a few pics, but they are not very good as you can see. These are old windows and doing an angle shot just doesn’t work so good. Sorry for the messy deck too, haven’t done my spring cleaning yet! I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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