It isn't unheard of. Particularly this time of year, when they are looking for food to fatten up for winter. They are more likely to go down in the canyon, near the village, where there are orchards, gardens, and pets, but they will sometimes investigate the homes up here in the woods.12bar wrote:Interesting! Are there usually bears near your house?
A few months ago, we had a spooky encounter... We leave the back door to our upstairs deck cracked open so that our kitty cat can come and go. One night, we woke up to Scotty (the cat) screeching and yowling in the next room. I jumped out of bed to investigate, and when I flipped on the light, there was a mountain lion on the back deck, looking in the open door.
He had chased the cat up onto the deck, and almost followed him into the house. He ran off when I hit the light, and mountain lions are scarce enough, and shy enough that we don't worry about a repeat.
We're fortunate where we are - wildlife gets about as dangerous as a hedgehog! Though every so often some lunatic suggests that wolves should be re-introduced to Scotland to keep the deer numbers in check. Aye - right - great idea - that'll encourage tourism to the isolated beauty spots of the highlands.
The fires around Texas haven't come very close to my house - but this record drought is driving the creatures out of the woods looking for water. The creek that flooded my house a year ago is now bone dry.
My yard backs up to the woods so I put a black plastic tub out in the yard and keep it full of water. It's like the last waterhole in the Serengheti at the end of the dry season.
I sit by the window in the spare bedroom/office/music room practicing guitar and watch a steady parade of deer, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, armadillos, possums, red tailed hawks, squirrels, woodpeckers, song birds and other small critters come to the tub to drink. The snakes are also coming out of the woods but I haven't had any trouble with them yet. Rattlesnakes, copper heads, water moccassins, coral snakes and many types of non-posionous snakes are around here.
Fortunately, there are no bears or mountain lions around here.
Ooohh no! I would far rather deal with bears and mountain lions than crackheads and gangbangers.MojoJim wrote:Yikes! Time to move in to Albuquerque.
I can't live in any town that is big enough to have a traffic light. (maybe I'm antisocial )
Sounds like you get quite a show at your watering hole. Have you taken any pictures?
@ VB... Wolves are almost never dangerous to humans, but I'll bet the agricultural folks there would really warm up to the idea of reintroducing wolves. Especially sheepherders...
@12Bar... Around here, they trap problem bears, tag their ear, and relocate them to some wilderness area. If they have to trap a bear that has been tagged three times, they will often shoot it.
The baby is sure cute, isn't he?
This is part of a family group of nine deer - including three spotted fawns. Very common in this part of Texas. A young red tailed hawk has been coming into the yard. Another common Texas creature. All the other birds disappear. An armadillo has been digging up the yard. He climbs into the tub to drink - but he's very awkward. Another common Texan. Here's a hummingbird at a feeder right outside my window. There's no flowers for them because of the drought so they are dying in large numbers. I haven't had a chance to get pictures of the coyotes or the foxes yet.
I haven't seen any snakes yet. I think it's because I have a fierce cat who is ever vigilant and always on alert.
Well we have only owwr house dog and cat and a short number of burds...
Like the foto's and story's.
Yes look out for mama bear Blindboy.
And ... yes, a cuddly bear cub indeed Blindboy - very cute. But ... Mama Bear... hmmmm .... think I'd be barricading all the doors and windows and hiding under the sofa. Take care on those walks.
I'm seldom out after dark(missus chains me in the basement at sundown), so I don't know what we have out there in the dark.
Anyway, try not to get between mama bear and her cubs when you are out with the dogs.
but he's big on the North Sea Coast of Germany.
Strangely, I don't remember the old Lone Star commercials. I know the beer very well. There may be a reason that I know the beer but can't remember the commercials....
I have two more pictures that I thought would be interesting to post. The first is a momma raccoon and her five kits that come up every night to eat the remaining cat food. I thought that raccoons were North American creatures but after some reading I found that they are all over Europe as well - after being imported.
The second is some of the unusual birds that come to the tub for water. We've never seen Orioles like this before around here. The seem to be negotiating with the Cardinals for the water.
Sorry to semi-hijack you topic, Bb. I'd actually rather see more pictures of your bears.
Really interesting to see how natural and active your gardens are ... Bears , racoons , armadillos .. amazing stuff
Here in England .I feel pretty chuffed if I get a hedghog or two, frogs or an occasional Green Spotted Woodpecker and that sort of thing.
Plenty of smaller "Garden " birds .. but nothing really worth photographing.
Of course we get cats by the score ( wretched animals !!) and urban foxes are never far away .. a year or so back we had a whole family of them camping out somewhere in the garden margins.
Not sure how I would react if I thought I was going to bump into a small bear !!
Interesting thread .... even gardens can be very very different as we go around the different countries
lyric from "Out in The Fields"
Gary Moore 1952-2011
I have seen birds like the one on the right, but not like the one on the far left... Cool pic, again...