Coffee, Chatting and Critters. #3

Good morning everyone on this beautiful, sunny Tuesday! The weather is actually warming up finally and the sun is supposed to continue shining for several days at least and that is great. So I had plans to walk down to the river a couple of times this week. However, something came along to perhaps interfere with those plans. It is a bear.

My acrobatic black bear buddy.

Yesterday after coming home from shopping I noticed that my bear warning system had been triggered. Was he still on the deck or not? I told my friend to wait until I checked it out. As I got closer I saw this big black head stick out. He was still there. Then he came running off the deck, which unfortunately was in the same direction I was standing.

Hmm, anymore food up here?

But he turned and ran off around back and out of the yard. That was much too close. He had also broken one of the poles that holds feeders. I could not fix the pole but I had room to hang the hummingbird feeder on the other pole, plus the chickadee feeder. The bear came back in the afternoon and went after the feeders. I tried to scare him away, but he would have none of that.

Hmph, that was a waste of time.

Instead he turned to me, growled and snorted. That was too much. This is my deck and I plan to use it. He can go eat somewhere else. So out came my bear spray. I just gave him a short blast to see what would happen. He ran off quite fast. But he had already destroyed my two hanging feeders and broken the hummingbird feeder. The stores do not have any of those feeders left now, too late in the season. So I am attempting to fix it and will hang it back up shortly to see if my repair job worked.

Anyway, the bear was back after an hour but there was nothing for him. I heard him groaning like he was rather upset there was no more food. He returned in about half an hour and checked again. Still no food so he left. He did come back again just as it was getting dark, but no food so he did not stay around long. He did move the step outside my door, picked it up with one paw and tossed it aside. That step is quite big.

Male American goldfinch that I can no longer feed.

So is the bear. He is about 5 and a half feet long from nose to rump and stands 2 and a half feet tall. It is early summer so he is still thin, by fall he could be a big bear. Having had a much better look at him now and checking size charts, he is likely 250 to 300 pounds. Not overly large, but not small either. And he is not afraid of people, that part makes him more dangerous.

So, I have to stop feeding birds and that means no more opportunity for pics out here. My only hope now is walking to the river. However, I am a bit nervous about doing that now. Sigh. Lock the doors, stay inside all summer. Hmm, but if I did that then my blogging would come to an end. Sigh. Here are some pics of my new “buddy”. And a more cheerful friend that will now be gone. Have a great day everyone and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

ยฉ2022 Steve McLeod.

58 Comments on “Coffee, Chatting and Critters. #3

  1. Steve, it may be that the content of your blog will be changing. Your bear is extremely dangerous, with its lack of fear of people and his coming so close. His returning so many times shows that he thinks food is to be had. Where is your neighbor’s dog, when you need him? Hope you can find a new place to walk and to get photos, without endangering yourself.

    May the LORD God protect you and keep you safe. Blessings today for a new routine.

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    • Thank you! My neighbor works from 7am to 7pm so his dog is inside unfortunately. Yes, bears around here have lost all fear of people due to the fact they come into town all the time looking for garbage or whatever else they can find. That does make them dangerous unfortunately. If I still had a car then I could find other places to walk that are safe, but as it is I am stuck here. Thanks for the encouraging words, have a great evening!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜บ

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  2. is there some sort of a wildlife authority you report the bear encounter to? any other type of bear deterrent you can use? i would think every time you encounter the bear, spray it with the bear spray so it might learn your place is not a place to look for food. stay safe!!!!!

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    • Yes, I can report it, but they won’t do anything unless it’s endangering a person’s life. So I asked, “how much does my life need to be endangered?” I don’t think he liked the question. They also discourage using bear spray in town limits since it could make the bear angry and they might take it out on someone else. That is a possibility, but doesn’t leave me with a lot of choices. So for now I stop feeding birds for the summer and stay inside as much as possible. Thanks Buddy.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜บ

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  3. Wow Steve, what a story. I’ve alway wanted to see a bear, but certainly not to have such a close encounter with one. This seems like a very dangerous situation, especially when he can pick up your step. Not to scare you, but what if he tries to get in your place!!

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    • Well, he could easily push my door in if he wanted to try it. There is only that one little “tongue” holding it closed, that is nothing for a bear this size. Apparently this bear is big enough to flip a 600 pound rock with one paw, so pushing open my door would be easy. I try not to think about that. I never give bears much thought and have hiked around in the bush a lot by myself. But for some reason that one yesterday scared me. I don’t like that part so much. Thanks for reading, have a great week!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿป

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  4. Omg that’s a terrific close call…. I was sure about one thing, the bear doesn’t know how to blog ๐Ÿป, so don’t give the blogging to the bear ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ sure it had a good look about your yard now ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ. Very nice ๐Ÿ˜… sad that he broken the feeders ๐Ÿ˜’ dan ๐Ÿป. We lost beautiful bird picture because of this ๐Ÿป so sad. Anyway u be careful first so that we have Steve on blogging ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a wonderful day ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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    • Thank you so much Simon! I will be careful, just like always!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™„ Yeah, breaking 3 feeders in one day, that was too much. He certainly wasn’t being very neighborly!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ฎ I’m not sure how blogging is going to work out right now, we’ll see. I might have to cut back a bit, or a lot.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„ Not right away though, probably not until next week. Have a great day Simon and good night!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ›๐Ÿฅฑ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • ๐Ÿค” cut back, hmm seems a good idea. You can take a break ofcourse๐Ÿ˜‰. But don’t give it to the ๐Ÿป bear ๐Ÿ˜œ, cause we don’t read bear ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†. You need to learn ๐Ÿป bear language to curse it for breaking 3 feeders, comeon that’s rude! Isn’t it ๐Ÿง. Bad bad bear ๐Ÿป. Take care like you always do ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคฃ Sweet night โœจ

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      • No, I won’t take a break,๐Ÿ˜ฌ but I might cut back on how many times I post each week.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„ He even broke the pole the feeders hang on, that will be a bit tough to fix. I will have to put up a new pole I guess.๐Ÿค” I will need to talk with my landlord about that.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ฌ Okay, I will do that Simon, take care like I always do!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น You do the same, take care just like me!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น Have a good night Simon!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒ›๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿฅฑ

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      • That’s bad, the poles are damaged too ๐Ÿง god. I am doing that ๐Ÿค” i think taking care of myself, like you. ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œhave a good day โฃ๏ธ

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      • I am enjoying the day, it’s beautifully beautiful!๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž Have a good night!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ›๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • It was another beautifully beautiful day and its even kind of sort of drying up outside, a little! Actually it is getting quite dry already, but not dangerously dry, just nice dry. Enjoy your day!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฒ

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      • Dry and warm that’s all we wanted for a nice summer isn’t it ๐Ÿ˜‰ it’s a long drive night, You too Have fun with Muffin, ๐Ÿ’ BTW where is she now ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Just don’t fall asleep or it will be a short drive! Make sure you keep talking, try singing, do bird calls. Muffin and I have our fun times playing each morning, most of the day she sleeps by the window enjoying the scents and sounds as she sleeps!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ๐Ÿž๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

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      • No i didn’t sleep,๐Ÿคค now I’m feeling terribly sleepy the drive is over. Off to bed for a while ๐Ÿ˜„ good night Uncle Steve

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      • Good night Simon, yes, after its over then we start getting tired, have a good sleep Simon!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒ›๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

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  5. You better be careful anytime you’re outside!!
    Good idea with the spray but it doesn’t sound like it bothered him all that much ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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  6. Bears are not to be โ€œ played โ€œ with, Steve ! Please be ever-alert ! ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜ป Sleep well ! ๐Ÿ˜ด

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    • Who’s playing?๐Ÿ™„ I don’t want him around, I want him gone!๐Ÿ˜ฌ Have a good night!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒ›๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

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  7. I’m glad you know a thing or two about dealing with bears because they can be a nuisance. I would expect that walking to the river shouldn’t be too bad and you shouldn’t be bothered if you don’t have any beef jerky in your pockets, lol. Stay safe.

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    • Sometimes I think it is safer going to the river than sitting on my deck, this is where I see bears all the time, not down there! And I do have the bear spray. However, it might not be wise bringing peanuts with me, that bear loves peanuts. The biggest problem with bears around here is they have lost their fear of people due to coming into town so much looking for garbage. But in the last 3 years I have only seen a bear once walking to the river, and he ran. Thanks much Herb! Have a great evening!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜บ

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