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.