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More Than A Bird At The Feeder

May 16, 2011

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.

3 Comments
  1. Marion permalink
    May 19, 2011 8:08 AM

    great sighting of bear but looks like I wouldn’t mess with Claire and his shotgun. pistol packing friend Claire. We own a gun but finding it would be a trick, had it put away for years. sounds like Claire had his handy. OUCH!

  2. May 16, 2011 9:24 PM

    Better pictures can be had in the daytime! Bears are also something that need to be respected more than feared. Often we get that reversed and that is where problems develop. They need the wild spaces that man has developed and taken over. I think it sad when the two worlds collide and it is always the bear that pays the price.

  3. hjmler permalink
    May 16, 2011 8:49 PM

    your friend will soon discover that a bear in the night time is also a bear in day light.

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