I live in an area where the bear population is apparently doing very, VERY well. When we moved here nearly 11 years ago from Long Island, I honestly had no idea that there were bears (I probably should have done a little research, no? ) On our very first night in our new home, my husband went into the backyard to toss some dry dog food that had spilled in the moving truck into the woods. He returned quickly, white in the face, babbling something about a bear being in the backyard. I didn't believe him. He quickly brought me to a window and pointed. He was right! I thought for sure he was halucinating from being so tired from the move. Ever since, we've had a steady stream of "visitors" to the yard - it's almost a daily occurance and has made for a lot of great photo ops. Enjoy!
Mark - No DSLR here - I may work up to one someday. Some of the pics were taken with an old Kodak Z740 and some with a Canon SX30IS. I've been very happy with both cameras.
SonofZ3 - most of the bears here are tagged. The one sporting the double tag we call "Mama" and although pretty to look at she truly is a pain in the tush! The cubs in the pics are hers. Every 2 years she has another litter. This year she has 3. The previous litter was 2 (you can see them in the pic where they were rough-housing a bit) and she teaches each and every one to be just as bad as she is. Life is never dull around here that's for sure!
Thats awesome. Do they ever get brave and come up to you guys if your outside? I'd carry some spray on my hip!
The one old boy (looking up at me) used to get pretty darn close to us if we were outside. There were many times when my husband would be outside working in the yard and next thing he knew he'd look up and the bear was within a few feet of him. He was never aggressive at all and literally would find a comfortable spot in our yard and nap. This went on for several years. This is the first year we haven't seen the old fella...
The mother is always a bit unpredictable, especially when she has her cubs with her. Unfortunately, I believe that people in my neighborhood MUST feed them. I'm pretty sure that's why they come so close. It's sad really. They're just creating a problem and one day someone is going to get hurt - and the bear will end up paying the price.