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Beared again

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Bear'd last night, and bear'd the night before,
Gonna get bear'd tonight like we never got bear'd before,
When we're bear'd, we're trashed as trashed can be;
Our bears are members of the black bear family. *

Just two days ago I took this picture of our tidy array of bird feeders, in a photo essay about our 10-month-old puppy.
Image of lined-up birdfeeders

Here's what they looked like this morning.

Image of destroyed bird feeders

Now, usually the black bears wake up hungry in early-mid spring and raid bird feeders (and garbage cans) before settling in to more natural food sources, and we had a visit from one a few weeks ago, right on schedule. We thought it was a young one, since it wasn't very competent. The red feeder (on the right) which came with the cabin suffered some damage but we repaired it and set everything to rights again.

This bear was rather more serious, and awfully late in the season, but then we had a very long winter, and heavy rains for weeks may have suppressed some of the usual food choices. Yesterday was the first day of uninterrupted sunshine in quite a while. Our neighbors have reported a sighting of a sow with four cubs in the area (one for each feeder?).

The dogs are always interested in the scent after a bear visit.

Image of garter snakeI picked up a camera to document the damage, and on the way back in the puppy did a cautious stalk on the slope behind the cabin. I thought he was disconcerted by the bees which were buzzing about in solitary fashion, but a closer look revealed a nice harmless Eastern garter snake slithering along — about 18 inches long and very slender.

Every now and then, one makes its way into the cabin and is evicted, with prejudice. The puppy who is usually scentless smelled musky a couple of days ago, and I'll bet he met a similar snake then and got sprayed, making him cautious now. When last seen, he was out back, working the back trail of the snake (hey, he's young and dumb) and not ready to give up yet.

More pics.

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2 Comments

  1. zaneta McGaha
    zaneta McGaha

    Hi Karen,

    I just discovered your books on Amazon. I love your writing!

    I have a 17 year son who has a beautiful base voice . Is your song book for sale anywhere? He is a writer. He also loves science fiction. He is looking at colleges. Do you have any recommendations for him. Like many people who score perfect in English his math scores are so so. He is trying to decide between brown and Sarah Lawrence because we can’t afford NYU or Columbia.

    September 17, 2018
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    • Hi, Zaneta. Thanks SO MUCH for the compliment to my writing!

      I have an (inaccessible) warehouse of a few hundred copies of Harmonious Companions, and a few copies kicking around my shelves. If you could drop me an email at KarenMyers@HollowLands.com we could talk about what’s possible, and also colleges for your-son-the-bass.

      September 17, 2018
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