Wednesday’s Wanderings #1.

Good morning everyone on this frosty day in May! Hard to believe watching people walking around wearing winter jackets, gloves, winter hats, on May 4th. Yes, that was yesterday, I also saw someone dressed like that this morning too. I had my winter jacket on as well while standing out there trying to get pics this morning. Then something scared all the birds so I came back in. My hands were cold anyway, no, I wasn’t wearing gloves, I can’t wear gloves and take pictures, too awkward. Bert was around Monday evening. He came at 6pm so I got to see how my new idea worked. It was sensational, fantastic, a great idea! It only had one teeny tiny flaw. It failed.

Bert the black bear.

It took that bear less than a minute to figure out how to get that feeder, and break it. That’s feeder number 5 now. Sigh. You might notice something from the pics today which came from Monday evening. Something scared him and he climbed into the birch tree. He is losing a lot of fur, that brownish color is his skin. He has mange. It’s a terrible disease caused by mites that will eventually kill the animal. Our fox population was nearly wiped out by mange a number of years ago, but they are coming back now. I have heard that the coyotes have it too. It weakens the animal so they look for easy sources of food, one of the things listed is bird feeders. Thanks. It also brings them out during the day more. Not a good thought.

Look at those claws.

Where bears can be a problem, never wear dark clothes. Great, my two jackets for this time of year are black and dark blue. Wrong colors. Don’t bend down or get on your knees out in the forest. How am I supposed to get pics of wildflowers or butterflies if I don’t do that? How about if I stay inside, lock my door and hide under the bed? No, wait, the last time I went under the bed I got stuck. Muffin came to rescue me but she wasn’t much help. She lay there and swished dust into my face with her tail. That made me sneeze. That made me yell, due to the position I was in. Muffin disappeared.

He sat down to rest for a bit, not sure what scared him in the first place.

For those who don’t know, my sneezes are huge and very painful. And since I was stuck under the bed it was even more painful. Why is it painful? Long story. I should probably explain sometime. Most of you don’t know about my health problems. Which is why I was stuck under the bed. It took me another 30 minutes to get out of there. Sigh. I lost a bird yesterday. There was a screech and all birds disappeared. Even the crows. Only Sir George remained. Only a couple things scare him. Ravens and eagles. Anyway, I figured a hawk came through so I went to look.

Sure enough, it was a Cooper’s hawk. We don’t get many of them. They usually just pass through during migration times. They are a woodland bird hawk, deadly on birds. We have their smaller cousin, the sharp-shinned hawk, and the larger cousin, the goshawk. They are all deadly on birds, that’s what they eat. I don’t like having them around my feeders. This one appeared to have a female evening grosbeak. I tried going out to get a pic but he flew right away. And then a little later…wait, this is getting a bit longer than usual, I should stop. I will try to remember this one for tomorrow. Hopefully. Chapter 2 of my latest mystery story, The Square House, comes out today. I hope you all have a wonderful spring day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

24 Comments on “Wednesday’s Wanderings #1.

  1. it is a clear, sunny sky where i live and it is 0800 in the morning as i write this. it is nice and warm and we are heading for temps in the high 80s and lo 90s today. i will be wearing shorts and a short sleeved t-shirt. if i go anywhere in the truck, i may need the a/c on.

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  2. Oh poor Bert! Can you get some forest officers to help him recover πŸ€” Poor him. And naughty him πŸ˜… found a way to get that bird feeder, he is truly brilliant. That was bad what did you do under the bed πŸ€” you should stop doing that, you know you’ll get stuck 🧐 why did you go in there then ? πŸ™„Hope you feel good now, stay safe, don’t go under bed,.don’t ever go πŸ™‚. Have a lovely day. 😺

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    • There is no recovery place for wild animals anywhere near us, so they won’t do anything,πŸ˜• I already checked. “Just let nature take it’s course” they said.πŸ™€πŸ» But a bear with mange gets more bold,😲 therefore he gets more dangerous.πŸ˜¬πŸ˜¬πŸ»πŸ™€

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      • Yes, more dangerous πŸ˜•πŸ˜³ I’m sad why forest officers are not being helpful, they should protect nature and animals isn’t it πŸ˜• too bad. Hope Bert recovers on his own and not hurt anyone πŸ˜”

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      • It’s not up to our forest rangers, it’s up to the government, it costs too much to operate a rehab place for large animals. It takes a very special place with highly trained people to operate it. There is one in our province, but it’s down south, about 1800km away. And they never have enough room to handle all the animals. So way up here in the north they don’t do anything. Bert won’t recover, he will just eventually die from this, probably next winter when he’s in hibernation.πŸ€”πŸ˜•πŸ»

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    • I have to admit, now that I know Bert has mange I’m more nervous about walking to the river. Mange makes the bears more bold and that makes them more dangerous. I hate to give up those walks though.

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      • We don’t have the facilities up here to look after sick or injured wild animals. The only one in the province is 1,000 miles away and they have more than they can handle. I think the best thing would be to shoot the bear then, that would stop his suffering and prevent him from hurting anyone. The itching can get so severe that the bear can just go crazy. That could cause him to attack someone.

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      • Sure do, only a certain number are allowed each year as well. But you have to be outside of town limits to shoot a bear or any animal.

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  3. So Bert has a disease…how long do they live after having mange ? Excellent pics ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ˜ΌπŸ€”πŸ»

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    • It depends, Bert is a small bear so he won’t likely live long. Normally they will die during the winter hibernation. A large bear can sometimes live a few years but ends up in terrible shape. Northern bears don’t usually live as long as southern bears.πŸ˜¬β˜•β˜•πŸ™€πŸ»

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  4. Mange killed off our fox population, too. I understnad letting nature take its course but that doesn’t make it any safer to go for walks or even outside. Be careful and follow all the safety precautions but a bear that’s lost or is losing its fear of humans is very bad and the forest officers may wind up with a worse situation.

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    • Yep, it’s just too expensive so the government won’t fund a rehab place for large animals. There is one place in the southern part of the province, but that’s about 1,000 miles from here and they are always full. But I think what the forest rangers should do is shoot the bear now, that would finish it’s suffering and would ensure he doesn’t hurt anyone. Mange can make bears act abnormally, they can kind of go crazy due to all the itching this causes. That could lead them to attack someone just out of frustration. I hope that doesn’t happen though. It seems to be moving quite fast with this bear, maybe because it’s young.

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