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Outside my front window at around 11 pm last night. There was a third bear around the side. They tore down the birdseed feeder, ate all the seeds, and left.
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Is it normal for bears to be there, or are they coming in with the lockdown?
I have seen quite a few articles about wildlife coming into suburbs and cities now that the humans are all hiding away.
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Kind of scary Mary. There used to be grizzly bears where I live (grizzly peak) but they were wiped out in the late 1800's. However, there was a recent black bear sighting in Marin County meaning that they are migrating from Mendocino county to the south. The bear population in California has quadrupled in recent years.
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That is pretty wild (literally).

Wow, Mary, do you set up your scope in the front?
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Well, at least *some* bears are good citizens:

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We had them when we lived in NJ. They always made a mess out of the trash cans. They were pretty dossile.
I was always afraid for my dog though, she was 15, missing teeth and would not think twice about attacking one :(
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It sure would scare me! So close!
I thought you put up your telescope on the roof? If so, keep doing that!
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That's a big beautiful mama bear! Glad you weren't on the menu.

We get them here too and the town has barred bird feeders as a result. Coyotes too.
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Bears don't like loud noise. In campgrounds in the Sierras you can often hear campers banging on pans to chase them away. There are plenty of them there, bear lockers are everywhere. I have never seen a bear in the daytime but once at night passing through my campsite. I heard once in a while that sadly, a bear gets killed in traffic on highway 154 nearby in Santa Barbara. I'd rather have a bear encounter than one with a mountain lion.
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Hmm, I may curse the UK’s weather, but there are some compensations - an itinerant cat or fox, is a possible threat. Pales into insignificance compared to a brown or grizzly bear 😱
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Juno16 wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 1:55 pm
That is pretty wild (literally).

Wow, Mary, do you set up your scope in the front?
As you can see, way too much light out in front of my house for astronomy!
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John Baars wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 3:41 pm
It sure would scare me! So close!
I thought you put up your telescope on the roof? If so, keep doing that!
I put my scope upstairs while in Mexico for the winter, John. Here in Michigan, there are too many street lights for astronomy in my yard.
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SkyHiker wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 3:51 pm
Bears don't like loud noise. In campgrounds in the Sierras you can often hear campers banging on pans to chase them away. There are plenty of them there, bear lockers are everywhere. I have never seen a bear in the daytime but once at night passing through my campsite. I heard once in a while that sadly, a bear gets killed in traffic on highway 154 nearby in Santa Barbara. I'd rather have a bear encounter than one with a mountain lion.
They tend to get hit by cars on the Yosemite roads as well. I have had a number of encounters with Bears while camping/hiking. Never had any real problems but you have to follow the rules about food storage pretty closely.
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SkyHiker wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 3:51 pm
Bears don't like loud noise. In campgrounds in the Sierras you can often hear campers banging on pans to chase them away. There are plenty of them there, bear lockers are everywhere. I have never seen a bear in the daytime but once at night passing through my campsite. I heard once in a while that sadly, a bear gets killed in traffic on highway 154 nearby in Santa Barbara. I'd rather have a bear encounter than one with a mountain lion.
I agree, a mountain lion is far more dangerous than a black bear. Still, having three of them hanging out in the yard was a bit unnerving.
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Greenman wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 3:57 pm
Hmm, I may curse the UK’s weather, but there are some compensations - an itinerant cat or fox, is a possible threat. Pales into insignificance compared to a brown or grizzly bear 😱
These are black bears, smaller than brown or grizzly, and not particularly aggressive, but still...
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Someone once described how you can tell a brown from a black:

Get behind it and kick it in the butt as hard as you can. Immediately climb a tree.
If it's a brown, it'll snarl, roar, and eventually walk away.
If it's a black bear, it'll climb the tree after you.

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I knew a guy decades ago who lived in an area where there were small black bears. If they got into his yard, he would go outside and throw rocks at them and yell to make them go away. I'm not sure that's advisable, but it apparently worked for him. Of course, I haven't heard from him lately...
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I suppose its what you grow up with.. I get annoyed when the neighbours cat pees on my car wheel.
People would be our main worry here. The odd deer or dog or cockatoo eating the plants.. or virus
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I had black bears on my country hill property in VA. They ate the grapes and left me alone. I never ever did get a grape. :lol:

Here in town a cougar sauntered by the local Taco Bell.
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I had one knock my garbage over around this time last year. As you said, normally harmless. The only black bear I have any concern about is a sow with cubs. Around this time of year I try to make plenty of noise and clap loudly before heading down the driveway to take the trash down. I’m not worried enough to grab the bear mace or a firearm while I’m out back observing.
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