Sunday, July 28, 2013

Another Bear Tale



This seems to be the year of the bear. This tale is a lot closer to home than the last one. In fact this one occurred in my yard.

Friday afternoon I was mowing and my wife was working in her flower bed at the end of the drive. Across the road from our house is a ten acre corn field. I had just mowed along the road beside the corn field and had gone on down the hill. My wife said she heard something in the corn. At first she thought it was one of her cats but it sounded too big to be a cat. Next she thought maybe a cow had gotten out and was in the corn. Right when a big bear stepped out of the corn about 20 yards from her. Seeing her it take off across the road through the yard and across the small field beside the yard until it was back in the woods again. During all of this I had reached the end of our property and was coming back up the other side of the road. My wife was standing at the top of the hill waving her arms and pointing. My first thought was that she had seen a rattlesnake. July and August is the time of the year when the rattlesnakes come out of the mountain and we'll find them in the yard. Reaching the top of the hill my wife told me the story of her bear encounter. I'm not sure why the bear would leave the cover of the corn field in daylight especially when it had to hear me mowing near by.

This bear could be one I'm getting on the cameras. According to the American Bear Association the range of a male black bear is 8 to 60 square miles. Females are 1 to 15 square miles. Well with in the range of my house and the farm I set my cameras on. I may need to bring a camera back to the house and set it up.

A few more of the various bears I've been getting is below.









10 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

these sure are handsome. like you said, the one in the cornfield HAD to hear your mower. thank goodness it ran away from your wife! i'd have been a bit petrified.

Linda said...

I'd love to see one in the "wild" but I'd feel scared.

Dar said...

first, yes, he's one big coyote and this is the 2nd time I've seen him in the field...but not for long, I hope.
As for the bear, a teenager is visiting you, I see. How big was the one your wife saw? We have a couple of monsters around here but have not gotten pictures yet...one's belly drags on the ground and you can barely see his ears...he's estimated to go around 600 lbs. Most are between 300 and 400 that we've got on cameras...I want to see The Boss.
Life is an adventure and so good.

Carole M. said...

goodness Joe that was a close encounter for your wife! Not sure I'd prefer one over the other either; a rattlesnake is a mean option!

Brita said...

Which landscape you live in. Bears and other wildlife around about you. I have seen bjäörn once very far away, and wants it more than anything. Nice and exciting series of images / brita

Buttons said...

Wow my heart was racing reading this your poor wife I would have been a little nervous but I am sure she is used to it. B

ANITA said...

wowowow!what a nice blog!Happy to see it:))

Fjällripan said...

Your wife must have been very surprised!! Great photos of the bears :))

Michaele said...

I am wondering which would be more frightening to see - bear or rattlesnake? It was great that she wanted you to see it too : )

Terri said...

Your wife and the bear probably startled each other! Snake or bear...I would have probably took off at a dead run for the house.