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A visitor dropped in this afternoon...possibly in the hope of some fresh fruit picked from the tree...a bit early in the season though. He didn’t stay for tea, and I didn’t get a nice bear hug.:))





He wandered around, had a little sniff here and there with a small snack of grass.




Then he hopped the fence for pastures new.:)


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hawk_soaring
May. 1st, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
Hehe! How pretty your visitor is!

*hugs*
twicet
May. 1st, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Isn't he just gorgeous! He was looking at the fruit trees as if to say "Where is my fruit"

*hugs*
ocotillo_dawn
May. 1st, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
OMG OMG OMG! You've been blessed!

We don't have bears much where I am. That's a black bear, right? Or do I have black and brown confused? Is he molting or something, or do they have that mottled back? Ooh! Exciting!
twicet
May. 1st, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
LOL! Not sure about the blessed part, but he was lovely to watch.

We have a large number of bears roaming from now, until they hibernate usually November/December.

Looking at his face and head, I would say he is a black bear, they are by far the more common seen in this area, and yes! he is shedding his winter coat as the new one grows.

Brown bears or Grizzlies, are usually in a protected area on one of the local mountains.

Problems arise when they have access to garbage, they quickly get very used to that. If necessary they are removed to higher ground, but only once. If they keep returning they have to be euthanized.

Nice to see you around.:))
ocotillo_dawn
May. 1st, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
Hee! Anytime I get to see a wild animal that wanders into my space (excluding squirrels rabbits deer and other 'vermin') I count myself blessed. :)

Saw a black bear in the 'wild' (crossing a back road on native reservation) a couple years ago in NM, and just about peed my pants I was so excited. :)))

I haven't been around, no. But school is almost over. Almost...

I did see your post about your father-in-law and something about you doing better. Hope all is well, and that Sam(?) is doing as well as can be expected and gets to come home soon.

twicet
May. 1st, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Have to admit it took my me by surprise to see him just relaxing by the tree!

When I see one, I always look out for another just in case there is a baby one around.

Sam's Mother died last week, he has been over in England since the beginning of January, and will be home next week. I had some surgery about ten days ago, nothing serious, I'm doing fine.:))
sapphire_3
May. 1st, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
What a beautiful animal :-) And beautiful pictures - he seems to be right at home in the spring blossoms! I hope that he (or maybe she?) was just molting and didn't have mange. I suppose if he survived the winter, he didn't have too much trouble with his fur.
The second closest I ever got to a black bear was on Vancouver Island - just ambling along the beach. I thought it was a big black dog. The closest I ever got was one family vacation near Shuswap Lake, and we kind of surprised it. Fortunately, it was marginally more scared of us than we were of it.
twicet
May. 1st, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
He was so relaxed just sitting by the tree doing a spot of grooming! He/she is shedding, at least I think that is what is happening.

We see a fair number of bears up here, more each year. There is the odd spot of trouble, but for the most part they just amble along. The mother will react if you get between her and a cub.

My daughter goes to Shuswap with a group of friends each year, she loves it. She has mentioned a few bears there.
albertesmor
May. 1st, 2012 05:36 am (UTC)
Wow.
And how rude to not have the fruit ready by now ;)

Thank you for getting your camera and sharing.
Just amazing, you have a bear on the lawn.

hugs you
take care and never hesitate to hand over the honey ;)
twicet
May. 1st, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
I know, I am a really bad hostess!

Luckily my camera is usually close by though I had to grab the battery.:) He was quite content just lying there grooming himself. I watched for a while before opening the sliding door to take some pics.

No honey for him I'm afraid, the idea is to prevent them getting any 'human' food as they become very quickly addicted to it. The result is they then become a danger, and have to be euthanized.

*hugs you back*
xanthe
May. 1st, 2012 07:58 am (UTC)
WOW! What amazing photos!
twicet
May. 1st, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
It was quite a surprise when I saw him. Very relaxed, lying there, grooming himself.
incasink
May. 1st, 2012 08:57 am (UTC)
OH MY!!!! Don't know what I'd do if I saw a BEAR in my backyard... cute though :D Is he a baby? Why is he patchy?
twicet
May. 1st, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
I've had a few, but not one quite as relaxed as this one. I don't know how old, but he isn't a baby. Those you have to be careful around as there is usually a mother who is very protective!

The patchy appearance is him shedding, they do that twice each year, in a month or so, he will be as black as his head is now.
browneyes67
May. 1st, 2012 09:43 am (UTC)
Woow! It's almost unfathomable that someone has a bear on their lawn, I yelled for my daughter to come and see and she went oh and ah too :o)
Thanks so much for showing us - just risen and I'm sure this post will make my day :)

Big hugs (and listen to Lisbeth's advice, she's a clever woman ;)
twicet
May. 1st, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
We've had a few over the years, but never one as relaxed as this one was. He just lay there grooming himself, and even after he spotted me, it was a slow amble to the fence with a few stops for a snack of grass. Good job the grass needs cutting, more of a smőrgåsbord for him.:))

I'm happy to have made your day, and yes! Lisbeth is a wise woman.:)

*Big hugs back to you**
lab_jazz
May. 1st, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
wow that's one HUGE bear...you are one really lucky lady.

Though on reflection I think that I would rather my own little feathered wildlife visitors to my garden :)
twicet
May. 1st, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
He was lovely, a very relaxed visitor, just lay there and groomed himself.:)

I would love to have some of your birds come visit here, they are all so exotic.:)
spike7451
May. 2nd, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Beautiful animal and wonderful pics.

That said, I'd freak if I had a bear in my backyard. No danger of that though, no bears in OZ! lol.
twicet
May. 2nd, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
He was lovely, very relaxed, enjoying the day.:)

We have had a few, but it pays to be cautious, especially if it is a baby, there is always a mother near by.:)
jan_irving
May. 2nd, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Those are cute photos, especially the one with him going over the fence.
twicet
May. 2nd, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
He was lovely to watch.:))

I was just hoping the fence wouldn't come down! That has happened a few times, especially later in the summer when they are heavier.
white_lilacs1
May. 3rd, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
Haha, what a surprise! Guess he/she wasn't impressed with your hospitality. Not much bear-friendly food to eat.

Great pictures, though. I always think, "If I'd only had my camera..."

twicet
May. 4th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
He was certainly a surprise! I loved watching him...guess that's why I forgot my duties as a hostess.:P

I usually know where my camera is...just not always the battery.:))
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