Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hungry bear


We've had a visitor in the neighbourhood the last week or so - a very hungry bear. We're used to bears passing through a couple of times a year, but this one is making himself at home and doing a lot of damage. A few of the small farms have lost some sheep, and many neighbours have had their garbage cans and compost piles raided.

Apparently the bear was feeling the need for some fruit in his diet, because one night last week he/she climbed our biggest apple tree to get the few apples left at the top, breaking many large branches in the process (and leaving some fairly disgusting piles of fresh fertilizer on the grass). So now our lovely tree looks like this...


...and our truck looks like this.


The Block Watch communication lines are humming and the local conservation officers are on the case. The farm down the road (which lost some sheep) played host to a bear trap for most of last week, but it was taken away yesterday as empty as it arrived.



I know this is just part of life in the country, but it makes me more than a bit nervous all the same.

7 comments:

Natalie said...

Nature! Goodness. I hope a happy-comfortable outcome is forthcoming.

Paula said...

I'm not kidding- you guys might want to think about carrying a side arm.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Having lived in Alaska, I know how unsettling it is to have bears around. I hope everyone, including animals and trees stay safe, and the bear moves on!

I hope your shoulder continues to feel better Miriam!!

Flartus said...

Wow, exciting days! I don't see anything about that bear trap that looks enticing--even if it smells good, it looks totally unnatural.

Of course, so do garbage cans.

Glad your chickens are safe!

Holly House said...

Maybe he's friends with that drunk moose they pulled out of a tree a few weeks ago!

Rae said...

:( Sorry about your tree! While I see plenty of bear scat on our property, they tend to stay away from the house. Perhaps they can smell the gun oil... :)

Hope your problem bear gets trapped or goes away!

Doc said...

Wow! Tuff times at Mucky Boots Farm. Hope the bear leaves soon and your shoulder is better soon.

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