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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Out of Hibernation

We are hoping for a less damaging spring with our neighbors, the North American Black Bear. The grey bird feeder lying on its roof, has an iron pole next to it with threading, that the bear twisted and turned until he actually broke the threading and rendering it un-usable.
The green metal squirrel-proof feeder is missing its pole. We never did find where the bear took it. The broken bird bath on the left was on the ground. The other birdbath base, is the only thing left. Notice the iron pole that secured it in the ground is bent.
Yet another bent pole and broken feeder. A hungry bear can be very damaging to feeders in the spring, especially just out of hibernation.
Be 'Beary' careful out there.
It's that time of year again. This was last springs 'black bear bender' from a big boy of about 450-500 lbs. Needless to say, the car went 'no where'.
This is the young fella, a yearling around 150 lbs., that did all the damage to my feeders in '07. I set up a trail camera off the steps of my deck to get this picture of 'who came to dinner.'
The Black Bear of North America are officially out of hibernation.
The weather has been unseasonably warm, about a month ahead of itself, in our area. Due to this, the black bear are out of their dens and moving throughout their terrain, in search of food, water, salt, whatever they can find to sustain themselves after a long winters nap. Time to carry the bird feeders in each night. I have lost many a feeder and poles due to them carrying them off or bending and biting them to get after the seeds within.

Unfortunately, this also means that they travel across many of the same roads that we travel on. At night, unless you see their eyes while they walk ,head down, you do not see them until they are directly in front of you. Even the smaller bear can do a considerable amount of damage to a vehicle and its passengers.

So, be careful out there as you travel to and fro, day or night, as the black bear are active once again. Don't forget to take your feeders in at night. And... Happy trails to you until we meet again.
Bless Your Day


Darla said...

This is a scary sight here. I would freak out!

Kay said...

Oh my. We have bears in our region too. I've never seen one, but there have been report of them in the mountains around our valley.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Dar: What a fun post even with the damage. I have hit a deer but a bear is so much harder to hit.

jack69 said...

Wow, I learn something ever day. I should have known you guys would have black bears there but just never thought about it. I think of the smokies & blue ridge and Black Bear. I know they smell pretty strong after a rain. ha!
Hope you don't have any more damage this year.
Love from SC, Jack & Sherry

Betsy from Tennessee said...

The Smokies are full of black bears--but luckily, we don't have them near us here. I always take my feeders in at nights though --since the possums and raccons and skunks get into them if not.

Those bears can really cause damage. Scary!!!!!


Lucy said...

Maybe I do like Nebraska, cold or snow, hot oe cold I do not want to live near bears of any kind. You are one brave family.

imac said...

Big Black Bear, whoo.
Do they ever try to break your door down??

Shelley said...

We have bears by our cabin but they seem very shy - which is good for us! HOpe you don't have any problems this spring - stay safe!

Kathy said...

And I freak out over lizards ??? Go figure!!!

Anonymous said...

I have never seen one where I live but I can't imagine what it must be like to have to worry about all the damage they can do.

janet said...

Wow...talk about things that go bump in the night!!!! YIKES! Be careful ;-)

~mel said...

Your post inspired me to post my scrapbook pages of my bears again. Aren't they fun to have around! not!!

Lucy said...

Dar I am going to put this on this blog. On your last blog before this such an adorable little boy. and I loved the blog.

BUSH BABE said...

Whoa!! THAT is wild. And I thought OUR critters were a little crazy. I would FREAK if I came across a bear on the road at night. Too many movies...

Stine in Ontario said...

I'm amazed at the damage to the car! But a deer hit me last autumn and totaled my jalopy so I SHOULD NOT be so amazed. What a pain that you have to take your bird feeders indoors!