Clare, a friend in Pennsylvania sent this note via email. I would love to have seen this sight!
I have added a new species to my bird feeder area. Last Thursday night I heard one of my bird feeders fall off the post – at least that is what I thought. My cat jumped out of my lap and looked puzzled to say the least. Usually the cat runs to the window(s) to see what is outside – cats, raccoons, possums etc., But this time he did not run to a window for a look.
I got out of the recliner and turned on an outside light but could not see my feeders. So I got a flashlight and looked out my office widow. Sitting there on the ground without a care in the world was a Black Bear eating the sunflower seed from the fallen feeder. I estimate that it weighed 200#. I chased it off with a warning shot over its back as it left my yard from my .410 shotgun. I was glad to be able to see a bear on my farm but do not want it around every night.
I hope it does not return for the food at my feeders. Bears have a tendency of not forgetting where the free food is and come back time and again. If that happens I will have to do something I will not like to do and that is take all my feeders in each night and hang them up again each morning.