Black Bears In Our Backyard! Are My Photos as Good As Tom Sears?

Big Black Bear

Big Black Bear
Big Black Bear

The Visit From The Bear In Our Backyard.

We're always getting black bears in our backyard. This big guy would come for a visit to our house every morning while we were having our coffee. Our cat isn't worried about this bear. I took all the photos. The photos aren't too bad for an amateur taking them out the window. I was not going outside with this guy hanging around the house. I know my photos aren’t as good as Tom Sears takes, but they will have to do.

I should have stepped out and told this big guy to get out of our backyard and off our deck. The lady on TV did and the bear ran right off.

At the bottom of this hub, you will see a video of a little black bear who did come on our deck crying like a baby.

Bear and Cat
Bear and Cat

Pictures I have Taken not as good as Tom Sears.

Our cat's name is Wanabe because he wants to be a Cougar he attacks everything that comes into our yard including bears.

We had to stop feeding our birds. We wanted the bear to stop coming so close to the house.

We never knew when we would walk out the door if he would be on our deck.

Black bears attack to kill they aren't going to just roll you around and smell of you and leave. If you run into a black bear you can try backing away slowly first. Black bears will usually run if they see you or hear a sound, but if a black bear attacks do not play dead fight them back aggressively. Don't run, pick up small children, stand tall, wave your arms above your head if you can and shout. Make yourself look as large as you can if all else fails run. Don't look the bear directly in the eye, as the animal may interpret this as a sign of aggression. Don't try climbing up a tree they will come up after you. They are good climbers and often climb to the top of our big trees. Hunters have often been jerked right out of their tree stands by bears. If you're walking in an area with bears make noise so you don't surprise a bear.

I also think the bears here can smell the food in the house and it brings them around, not much we can do about it, we have to eat. We also have five apple trees in the yard, bears love apples.

Like I said my photos are not real clear here, but I had to take them from inside the house and through the screen. I wasn't going to get close to the bear. Bears are wild and strong animals and need to be treated with respect and caution. They can kill you with one slap from their paws. We were worried about Wanabe but weren't going outside to get him.

The first big bear is right by our back door and our deck, the black item to the right is our grill with a cover on it.

The bear with the white spot is in our meadow taken with a field camera. We can see the meadow from our back door. My husband mows a path for me down to the meadow and backs up to the yard. I often walk the path to get my exercise and take our little dog for a walk, but I always try to make sure to take one of the dogs with me.

Last year we had a mother bear with three cubs. She and her cubs hung out in our trees. The babies could climb the trees so fast. We were surprised to see three cubs. I tried to get pictures but couldn't they would come in after dark.

We also had what my husband thought was last year cub, because of its smaller size, so this adds up to 7 different bears just in our yard we saw. There could have been more we didn't see.

Black Bear with white patch

Bear With White Spot.
Bear With White Spot.

Black Bear Attacks

In the 2000s Black bears have killed 15 people. This doesn't count the people who were attacked and survived.

2001 a black bear entered an elderly women's house and killed her. She was 93.

2001 a black bear killed a baby girl while sitting in her stroller on her porch at her home in New York.

We rarely saw black bears here. We saw them at the dumps but then they closed all the old dumps and then the bears started coming to homes looking for food. They often try to break down doors and go through windows. People have cottages here and come home to find their cottage broken into not only by people at times but also by bears.

The world record weight for an American black bear is 880 pounds.

Black Bear walking into our yard.

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Bear Coming for A VisitHere's The BearLooking At MeBear In MeadowHere He Comes AgainLike This Deck Any Food HereBear Wondering Off
Bear Coming for A Visit
Bear Coming for A Visit
Here's The Bear
Here's The Bear
Looking At Me
Looking At Me
Bear In Meadow
Bear In Meadow
Here He Comes Again
Here He Comes Again
Like This Deck Any Food Here
Like This Deck Any Food Here
Bear Wondering Off
Bear Wondering Off

A Bear Attack Story.

Our friend’s daughter was attacked by a black bear. The dad and his daughter had gone deer hunting. The daughter was 14 and she ran into a black bear in the woods the bear came after her and she managed to get up a tree and made all kinds of noise trying to get the bear to leave. He wouldn't leave. He came up the tree and got hold of her foot and pulled her down. She was screaming and her dad and the other man who was with them heard her and came running. The bear was dragging her further into the woods. They ran him off, but she had already been hurt. The bear had mauled and bit her. She had to have many, many stitches to close up all the bites.

Bear Attack!

BEAR ATTACK DOGS.
BEAR ATTACK DOGS.

Tuesday Evening 10/14/2008

On Tuesday Evening when this lady let her dogs out they ran into a black bear. This is not far from where we live. Goes to show how you always have to look before going outside and checking before letting the dogs out. Our dogs would have done exactly the same thing.

Daily News Report

Springer Spaniel survives a bear attack!

This happened in our area black bears attack dogs. The main problem is when you let your dog outside at night and can't see the bears and the dogs run up on them the bears attack the dogs. I can't say I blame bears or the dogs. The bears are just being bears and dogs are just being dogs.

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Baby Bear In 2010

Baby Bear.
Baby Bear.
Nice Tree To Climb
Nice Tree To Climb
Where's The People Can They Feed Me.
Where's The People Can They Feed Me.
Baby, Baby
Baby, Baby
Peek-A-Boo
Peek-A-Boo
There's My People Coming Down
There's My People Coming Down

Our Crying Baby Bear Visitor.

Oct 25,2010

This baby bear came in our yard today. He was acting like he was lost, then he started to cry. He came right onto our deck. If he saw my husband and I he would run after us crying. We ran in the house. We tried everything we could to get him to go, but he wouldn't leave he just came on the deck and looked in the door at us. He wasn't hungry he was wanting Mommy. We didn't know where she was. Maybe dead maybe she walked off and left him. My husband shot his gun in the air hoping this would get rid of him, but he didn't move. Let me tell you, it was pitiful and sad to hear him cry. We called the DNR and they said to close the doors and stay inside keep the dogs and cats in and maybe his Mom would come and get him. If he's still here tomorrow we have to do something. We will make sure he is not killed.

Oct.26,2010

Mommy didn't come and get her baby. We heard about a mile from us hunters killed a bear with a cub. This very likely is her cub.

The Dept. Of Agriculture sent someone to come and get the cub. The cub was so friendly we told the man who came to be careful the bear would walk right up to him. The cub did walk up to him as soon as he saw him. He walked up to the man stood on his back legs and sniffed the man and pulled on his pant leg and cried. He acted like he wanted a hug but, of course, there is no way anyone should do this as small as he was he was still a danger. The bear went right in the cage with no problem. It was sad to see him go, but it was hard having him around.

This little black bear had a white spot on his chest just like the big bear at the top of the page. Not all black bears have this. Maybe his Dad or Mom was the bear in the meadow with the white spot.

We haven't heard what happen to baby bear, but the man had said he would very likely go to a wildlife center.

The videos below are from our yard.while the man was trying to get the baby bear into the cage.

Same Baby Bear In Our Tree.

Baby Bear on Our Deck..........moonlake 2010

Man Getting Baby Bear In Cage.

What do black bears eat.


Bears have garbage guts they will eat anything. When we were young we would go to the dumps and watch the black bears eating whatever they could find in the dump. It was a fun thing all the town people did. Our entertainment in the old days.

Bears eat berries. small animals, frogs, rabbits, whitetail deer fawn, fish, crayfish, fruits such apples, insects, bees, yellow jackets, wasps, ants,termites, grubs from old trees, bee honey, crops such as corn, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, pumpkins, potatoes, mushrooms, bird eggs, nuts, leaves, flowers, plants, grasses, acorns, pine cones, roots, hummingbird juice and of course they love trash.

We live in the perfect place we have just about all the foods a black bear loves.

The bears coming into our yard are not worried about us at all. The neighbor was here the other day he said he shot into the air trying to run the bear off. The bear just looked at him and didn't move on. Our son also tried to run one off from his yard and it growled at him.

There was one in the yard later this year with a reddish rear end. They can come in a variety of colors between black, red and brown.

We just have to live with them and hope for the best.

Hope you enjoyed my hub on black bears not as good as Tom sears sites. Have you seen his pictures, they are great? If you would leave a comment tell us if you have had black bears in your backyard.

I will be adding to this site because I know we have not seen the last of black bears in our yard. We have people who want to come here and hunt black bears, but we just don't want the bears killed.

More Bears.

May 29, 2011

I had just let my dogs in the house when the Springer started barking. Looked out the window and saw one bear in the yard, ran for my camera. By the time, I got my camera setup the bears where in the meadow. I was going to do some gardening today and take a walk in the meadow guess I won't be doing this today. This is not the best video but the best I could get of them. We don't feed birds this time of year because of the bears. I even worry about having hummingbird feed out.

Bears in our backyard............moonlake 2011

Labor Day Week-End 2013

A bear was back in our yard today. Our dog always watching out the back door and when we heard him bark my husband yelled at me to get the camera. The two videos are what I got. He was about 200 lbs. There are two around and they have been terrorizing our yards. They get into everything including plants I have on the deck they nosey in around the grill, whatever they can find.

The first video is not the best video with me shaking while trying to get in the right place to videotape. The second video takes a second to start and it's a slideshow of all the pictures I got off this bear.

Labor Day Week-End 2013

Bear Walking Away From House.2013

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How To Get Rid Of Black Bears In Your Yard

Black bears love to eat and the best way to keep them out of your yard is to get rid of all food. Bears are strong they can get into anything including your car. They can smell food no matter where you put it. Try to clean up all around the house to make sure there is nothing around they would want to eat. Black bears kill more people than any other bear.

  1. Take In Dog or Cat Food
  2. Close Trash So Bears Can't Get In Them Or Put Them In A Place They Can't Get To.
  3. Don't Feed Them
  4. Take In Hummingbird Feeders At Night
  5. Don't Leave Out Bird Feeders or Make Sure Their Empty At Night
  6. Don't Have A Compost
  7. Put Away All Bird Feed
  8. Have Heavy Lids On Trash Cans
  9. Close Barn Doors
  10. Don't Leave Food In Your Car


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Bear Videos

A few videos on what happens when bears are around. Really as cute as they can be they are very dangerous.

Bear Takes Donkey In Wisconsin.

A black bear took a donkey right out his pen in the town of Maine in Wisconsin. The donkey was killed and the was later shot. The warden said he had never anything like this before.

Marinette Co, Wisconsin Bear Attack

A bear in Marinette Co, Wisconsin attacks a man as he tried to save his dog. The bear then attacked the man. The man’s wife ran out with the gun but didn't know how to load it and instead hit the bear with the gun. The bear let the man go and gave him time to get into their home. The sheriff got there and shot the bear while it was circling the home.

Black Bear Stalks Joggers 2014

Spring of 2014 starts out with a black bear knocking over our grill. I thought a tree had fallen because we had such high winds. I looked out the window and there was a very large black bear on our deck. He knocked over the grill and walk slowly away when he found nothing to eat.

The video below shows people jogging in Canada with a black Bear stalking them. I would be very worried, but very likely the bear was just curious. It's always good to carry something with you when in the woods even just a stick. We walk often down to our meadow and we carry a walking stick. We should carry a gun, but I don't like doing this.

Our yard is busy this year. The other day we had a doe and her new fawn in the yard. A mother and father goose with their three fuzzy babies.

Bear Scat
Bear Scat

2015

I didn't see any bears this year, but I did see bear scat along the path where I walk my little dogs, seen below. My son now lives next door and he saw a bear behind our barn. We closed up the barn nice and tight so no bears could get in and hibernate for the winter. Bears will sometimes just hibernate under a pile of leaves so if they will do that they will go into my barn.

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moonlake 8 months ago from America Author

howlermunkey, That's a good thing not running into a bear. Most of the time black bears are pretty calm and won't attack. If they're having a bad day watch out. My son lives just down the road from me. One day a large black bear was walking through his yard and yelled out the window "hey" and the bear growled at him. That bear was in a bad mood. Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you liked the photos.


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howlermunkey 8 months ago from Tampa, FL

Just watched "backcountry" last night, scary movie! I've been hiking as long as I can remember (smokies, white mountains) and have yet to run into a black bear (which is a good thing I suppose). Love bears but have respect for them as well, would like to see one from a distance in the woods some day! Very cool article moonlake and love your photos!


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WhiteOak 12 months ago from Georgia

Omg!! You are right though.. can't stop living. I know every time I walked our land, I was always watching. Our land was border a National Forest...


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moonlake 12 months ago from America Author

WhiteOak, Thanks for stopping by. I worry each time I walk the dogs in the meadow, but you can't stop living. I could be walking the dogs on the road and still run into a bear. A bear got in one of our apple trees and bent the tree over and took all the apples, this just happened last week.


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WhiteOak 12 months ago from Georgia

Wow... I have not came face to face with a bear, but when my late husband and I use to homestead we heard a bear close by on our land... I have been hiking and it was in a bear area.. the next morning when I got up there was bear mess piles too close for comfort. I have ran across claw marks on a tree that a bear did on another hike I was on. We always carried whistles because bears hate loud noises..


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moonlake 13 months ago from America Author

Diane, What a scary story. You were lucky he was more interested in the berries rather than you. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Diane 13 months ago

In the early 70's I was walking to the back yard to pick some dewberries so I could make dewberry crisp. Low and behold, there was a Huge black bear eating the berries off of the bush by the milkhouse! I couldn't see him before I was almost there because of the trees in or yard! It scared me! I lived in Western MI. I don't know if I was Down wind-but I am sure he saw me. He just kept eating, and I slowly backed off, until I was sure he wasn't following me, then I ran the rest of the way back to the house! Longest trip ever! I am sure he had to hear me coming, becsuse I am always singing-can't remember sny more if I was that day or not-but knowing me, I was! :-) I lived in that area my whole life, and never saw a bear! Even in the woods!


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Kristen Howe 13 months ago from Northeast Ohio

My pleasure, Moonlake!


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moonlake 13 months ago from America Author

Kristen Howe, Thank you and thanks for stopping by.


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moonlake 13 months ago from America Author

peachpurple, Oh yes they are looking for food. They have plenty of food around here they don't need to go into yards, but they're just bears they don't know that. Thanks for stopping by.


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moonlake 13 months ago from America Author

Roxanne Amero, Glad you found a way to get rid of the bear. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 13 months ago from America Author

DDE, Thanks for stopping by I appreciate it.


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moonlake 13 months ago from America Author

Brittany Hudson, Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it. It's fun to go in the woods I guess kids have to learn to be careful.


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Kristen Howe 13 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Moonlake, scary thought to encounter black bears! Thanks for sharing your experience and showing those pictures! Voted up for interesting!


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peachpurple 17 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i think the bears are looking for food, the easier way instead of hunting. Be careful.


Roxanne Amero 19 months ago

I got rid of black bear that wouldn't leave my German Shepherd alone.He growled and kept coming out of the woods every time the motion light went out.I banged pots and pans.I hollered.Then I did something else he hasn't came back in 3yrs.I just have to patten it I don't have enough money yet.


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Brittany Hudson 20 months ago from Gastonia, North Carolina

I remember when I was little I would run around in the woods, several times I ran across a bear. I believe it was a brown bear though not a black bear. Either way this is a very help and well put together hub, awesome job!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hmm so interesting to see bears in the back yard and this can be dangerous your photos look so good from a close view I guess?


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

jason, Thanks for stopping by. Our son hit a black bear on the highway one year. It did a lot of damage to his Dually truck.


jason 2 years ago

I just saw a large black bear on I-40 at the Oklahoma Texas boarder


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

flint3099, Thank you I appreciate you stopping by. They can be scary.


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flint3099 2 years ago

Great picture of the bear Moonlake. It is pretty scary they are in your backyard so often.

Very interesting hub!

- Flint


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Au fait, It can get interesting. I always worry about turning a corner where I can't see what's there but we like it here and we're careful. Just about any place we would live in this area we would have bear. Now there are also moose another danger. Thanks so much for pin and stopping by.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

This hub is so interesting and the photos are so good that I had to come back to pin it to my 'Wild Animals' board, and I want to share it with my followers again for any who may have missed it previously. I think it must be quite an adventure to live where so many large wild animals might be roaming around one's yard at any time.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Writer Fox, We do have to be careful with kids around never know when a bear will wonder in. We rarely have kids here. The DNR will trap a bear if he is a nuisance but we have so many it would be hard for them to do that. I have a path I walk with our dog goes down into our meadow circles around and comes back up to our house. Where you see the bear in the last video he's on the path. My dog wants to go down that far but I won't do it this time of year. Bears are looking for food getting ready for winter. I walk him close to the house and barn. Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

You should charge admission to your backyard to see the bears! It's amazing that you've had so many encounters with them. It sounds like a dangerous place to let children play outside. I know in Colorado the state has a program to trap bears and move them deeper into the woods. That might work for you if your state would pick up the tab. I enjoyed reading about your personal encounters with the bears.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

epbooks, Thanks for stopping by I appreciate it. We love seeing the bears but we know how dangerous they can be.


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Wow- those pictures are fantastic! It's deceiving how innocent they seem-such beautiful animals. Voted this hub up- loved it!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Suhail and my dog, Thank you for stopping by again. We have also seen cougars around here not very many but they are here.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

I am an adventure seeking man, moonlake, but an encounter of this nature with a bear will certainly render me unconscious lol. It was very brave of the lady.

Btw, my encounter with bears and cougars (Ontario has about 500 of the latter) will be covered in my hiking adventures of fall season.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Suhail and my dog,

I do know that if our dog sees a bear and runs after him the bear takes off. Our dog can only go so far in the yard because of an invisible fence. I would think your dog would be a big help while hiking. I don't know about the bells, some noise attracts bears.

Our 93 year old friend was walking in her yard last week when a bear came into the yard. She couldn't get to the door right away so she stood very still and just waited for the bear to look the other way and she made it to her door. He happen to be on a rock pile in her yard and went around to the other side and that's how she could get to the door. This was her second bear run in since her husband died a few months ago.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

tsmog (Tim) Thank you for stopping by I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan, Thank you for the share and for stopping back by.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Read your article with interest.

I love hiking with my dog (a 100 pounds, 29 inch tall at the withers Kuvasz) and slowly and gradually I am touching bear country now. I am always worried about encountering a bear, although experts told me long time ago that hiking with a leashed dog with bells on is already my biggest defense mechanism. However, I am thinking of carrying a bear spray with me now.

Your article has definitely endorsed the viewpoint of several other experts on bear-human conflict.

Voted up.


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tsmog 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

Great article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and viewing the videos. Thank you for brightening up the day moonlake . . .

tim


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

The share is back so I shared :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peyton Walker, I hope I never run into a bear I hope I see it before I ever step out the door. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

DREAM ON, Your welcome thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan, Thank you for stopping by. Bears are interesting to watch, as long as we don't get close. Thanks for the vote. I don't know why the share didn't show up. It there today I've been gone so haven't been on any of my hubs.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Wausau had a bear in the Riverview school yard a few years ago they couldn't let the kids outside. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the share and pin.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Paul Kuehn, Thank you for sharing, vote, pin, tweet, and facebook. We are just use to it. It's where we live and have lived for years. There are bears here no matter where you live in the northwoods.


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Peyton Walker 3 years ago

I can't I've ever had a run in with a bear, but I love the pictures you took!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I think your pictures were great. Having bears in your backyard and having the presence of mind to take the pictures makes them that much more special.

Your tales about the bears are interesting and educational. Bears are showing up more and more as their habitat disappears for housing and stores. Great topic Moonlake and great photos.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting..and tried to share but the option wasn't available.


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

Incredible pics and video.That is the closest I ever want come to a black bear.So powerful and dangerous.Reading your hub so many people so lucky to be alive.Thanx for sharing have a great day.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

So many people have trouble with large wild animals in their yards nowadays. You hear about it in the news every so often. My sister lives just a few miles outside of Wausau and they have had wild turkeys, dear, and even a bear a couple of times in their yard.

Came back to pin this hub to my 'Wild Animals' board and will share with my followers too. Your pictures are great.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

moonlake,

This is an awesome hub, and I have learned so much about black bears. I would really be afraid to live where you do. Your pictures and videos are super. Thanks for sharing a great hub! Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Indian Chef, They are fun to watch and it is nice we still see them around. We just have to be extra careful. Thank you so much for stopping by, vote and for the sharing. I appreciate it.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

This hub of yours made me remember my childhood when we had these black bears in India in abundance. Even we would have some guys who would make them dance on streets to earn their live hoods. But now they are not enough in India. What a lovely site it must be to see them roaming in wild though i must agree it must be very difficult for those who live there. Voting it up and sharing on hubpages.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Lioness, We would never do that but I appreciate you stopping by and giving your opinion, many people feel the way you do.


Lioness 3 years ago

How to take care of bears: Shoot, shovel, and shut up! It works amazingly well ;)

Great Hub.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Insightful Tiger, Right now we don't see the bears but as soon as warm days start they will be back in the yard looking for food. Thanks so much for the vote and stopping by.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, They can be scary, most of the time they won't bother anyone. We do get female bears in our yard with little ones and we would not like to walk out of the house when she is around.

Thanks so much for the vote.


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Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

A very interesting hub. The article, pictures, and videos came together nicely. We see bears a lot in Florida too! Thanks for sharing the tips and the touching stories. Voted up.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Moonlake, this is an interesting hub but it is scary coming face to face with a bear. Lovely pictures and videos. I think you did a great job.

Voted up and interesting.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

vespawoolf, Thank you for stopping by. They are fun to watch and spring will come soon and they will be back.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, how did I miss this Hub? You live in a beautiful place! I think the bear photos are great. I know they're not art quality, but you were taking them out of your backdoor! Amazing! How sad your daughter's friend was mauled but thankfully they got to her in time. That was also a sad story about the baby bear. I hope he was taken care of.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

techhound, It's exciting to see a bear. I bet she wished she had a camera near by. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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techhound 3 years ago

About 10 years ago, my wife put out bird feed in the spring. She was looking out the window shortly thereafter, and saw what at first looked to be big dog eating something in our yard. Upon further inspection (inside of course) she say that it was a bear and it had brought down our bird feeder. Since bears hibernate, they wake up in the spring very hungry. They will eat just about anything. They have gone through neighbors' garbage, etc.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

mperrottet, Your right they are dangerous but we live where they live. When we live in the north like this there is going to be wildlife. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Jane Holmes, We love seeing them too. When spring comes bears are in and out of the yard they're up and about and searching for food. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Vinaya Ghimire, Taking pictures of them can be fun but I have to be very carful. I would never step outside with the big bears. I did go outside to take the baby bear picture. He was up the tree beside our deck but every time he would see me he would come down crying and I would have to step back in the door.

You should give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, We are careful of them. They will come into the yard without us knowing it until we look out the window and there they are. Our dog usually knows and he will start to growl. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote and sharing.


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I really would be afraid to have these bears roaming around like you do. They can be so dangerous, as your stories indicate. Voted up, useful and interesting.


Jane Holmes 3 years ago

Hi Moonlake,

What a great hub! We have black bears too, and I love them and enjoy photographing them. Keep up the good work!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

It does not matter if your shots are technically, what matters is you actually took these pictures.

Black bears also visit my farm especially during corn season. But I have never tried to capture them. Perhaps,I should give a try.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow! This is amazing having bears roaming free in your backyard. Obviously you take good precautions so as not to interfere with the natural order of things. Great photos and videos. Up, useful, interesting votes and will share.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, We're use to the wild life. I know in Wausau they had a bear in the school yard and had to keep the kids in until the bear wondered off. Thanks for the vote and the the share.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Seems like it would be scary to live where you might walk out of your house at any time night or day and there would be a bear. Very interesting hub. I think your pictures get the point across and for being taken through a window, they've come out quite good. Videos were interesting too.

I have a sister who lives in Marathon WI (near Wausau) and they have all kinds of wildlife in their yard. She's mentioned the occasional bear too, I think.

Voted up and BAUI. Will share.


independentminded 4 years ago

Hi, moonlake. You're welcome. Thanks for your input.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

independentminded, I agree and thanks again for stopping by.


independentminded 4 years ago

You're welcome, moonlake. You're right about too many people being trustful of bears and other wild animals. They've either got no respect for wildlife, or they're naïve and unaware. While it's true that if one doesn't bother wild animals, they won't be bothered, it's also true that, as many more people opt to go hiking and/or camping, or take up residence in wilderness that's inhabited by bears and other wild animals, the chances of an unfortunate bear-human encounter go up...by a lot.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

independentminded, Me too I would hate to see him dead. To many people trust bears and think if you don't bother them they won't bother you. That is true most of the time but not always. Thanks again for stopping by.


independentminded 4 years ago

No, I didn't see that story, moonlake. Thanks for the heads up.

I think it would be a shame if the bears and other wild animals became extinct, but there has to be a happy medium regarding humans and wild animals co-existing with each other. I also hope the other guy living with grizzly bears is safe and doesn't end up dead.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

independentminded, I have seen the Grizzly Man and now there is another man living with grizzly bears. I told my husband the other day I bet that man ends up dead too. We love the bears, but we do worry about them. Their wild animals and not safe. Did you see on tv where a cougar attacked a man and the bear attacked the cougar and ran him off. A fascinating story.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


independentminded 4 years ago

It's a drag to say this, but as more and more people either choose to go hiking through, or take up residence in what are known as unspoiled wooded areas, these bear-human incidents have increased. A lot of people don't have enough respect for the bears and other wild animals, and, often enough, it's backfired..hideously. Has anyone ever seen the documentary movie "Grizzly Man". The ending, where the man who lived very close to the grizzlies ended up getting killed and eaten by a grizzly bear, is an excellent example of that, and should be a lesson to those who do choose to hike through and/or take up residence in known bear country.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

sagebruch_mama, Thanks, for stopping by. Your right to close for comfort.


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sagebrush_mama 5 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

Oh, my goodness! Great pics, but too close for comfort! Wildlife adventure of that sort, I'd forego!


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Mrs. Menagerie,Thanks for stopping by my hub.

A bear has already been in our yard and tore down a bird feeder that had nothing in it. We don't feed the birds this time of year. I want to put out my hummingbird feeders but I'm even worried about doing that.


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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

Great photos! Be careful, yikes!


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Danetl, Thanks for stopping by my hub.


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Danietl 5 years ago from Porter, Maine

I have seen bears in the wild and up close even stupid people feeding them at a dump in northern maine. I'll soon write a hub about it. Great pics and thx for stopping by my Genealogy hub


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

We had a baby bear here today. This years cub.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Our dogs have never been attacked by bears but other dogs in our area have been. For the most part the bears will run away but the bear in the top picture to close to us and not worried when we yelled at him or worried about our cat coming near him.

Thanks for stopping by my hub.


Jackieminnesota 5 years ago

Interesting article I came across on the internet.

I am so glad your dogs are ok and no human did get hurt.

I always watch the bears on Ely minnesota website.

I guess there are two different opinions on bears, good and bad.

We have had them here but not close to the house.

And if there was one attacking my dogs you can bet my hubby and I would have rifles to shoot them.

Exactly how we get rid of coyotes and fox.

We do not tolerate aggressive animals here.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

MyMastiffPuppies thanks for stopping by and leaving comment. Bears are pretty thick around here. Almost everyday I hear that someone else has come close to one.


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MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

I have never ran into one personally but there have been recent sitings in a neighboring county. I live in Northeast Alabama and they are not normally in this area but I am sure they are on the move from areas they are being ran out of. Really good info in your hub thanks for sharing.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

love2scrap thanks for stopping by my hub. Blackberries are ready here and a friend of ours was way off from his house picking berries the other day and looked up and there stood a big black bear. He said he didn't move just stood there hoping the bear would wonder off and it did. He said now he carries a gun to berry pick.


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love2scrap 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing! Your hub is very interesting. Bears are not something we have to worry about around here but it's always good to learn about them for when we travel. :)


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Your welcome. One thing if you always have your dogs with you while outside the bear is more likely to pay more attention to them then you. Your dogs will always bark when one is around they seem to be able to smell them right away. I guess this kind of wild life is all part of living in the woods.


Shawna 6 years ago

Thanks Moonlake. I am going to start feeding the chickens from a sealed portable bin that I can carry back into the house or garage instead of on the ground. I did report it to the BC Ministry Of Environment & they said if it comes back to call & they will come. I feed the dogs in the house but our garbage cans are right on our deck and not sealed enough so I have to figure that out as well. I'll never forget that thing lookin' at me...Just gives me shivers. We have 2 of them that hang around every summer deep into the forest that we can see while driving by but no-one seems to mind them. My husband has seen a bear on the other side of our property a few months ago so I don't know if it's the same one & this is his territory or what. He grew up in Banff with his dad being the Park Warden so he's used to bears but he works out of town so much and I'm alone so it's damn scary lol I love it out here in the woods but not sure I want to stay if it keeps happening. Thanks for listening :>


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Shawna, Here if the bears get to out of hand coming into a yard with children the DNR will come and trap it and move it. I think even then the bear has to show up three times now this is what I have heard from friends that had trouble with a black bear.

The best thing to do to find out, call the Sheriff's Dept. or your wild life warden see what they say.

Make as much noise as you can from inside the house to get it to leave. Their pretty brave and most of the time they may wonder off but may be sticking around close. He's after something in your chicken yard "CHICKEN." I don't hear about people having problems with them getting into their chicken houses around here. He may be after the feed your giving the chickens.

We can't put any seed out anymore and they go after that and after our hummingbird feeder. They will also go after the dog food. I like to feed my dogs outside in the summer but have to bring in any left over food.

You really don't want your dogs going after him because he will mess them up..Good luck with your big guy.


Shawna 6 years ago

I am terrified. I woke to find a huge black bear 10 feet from my door hovering around our chicken coop. My 2 dogs barked at it and I started screaming to get them in the house. The bear slowly went into the bushes and my dogs took after it. I kept screaming until they came in the house. It was huge! I am terrified because I know they are out here and I live close to Port Alberni where the 2 men were attacked by a black bear. I don't know who to call or if he will come back??? Any suggestions? My husband works in Alberta & I am alone here most of the time. Should I get another dog??? Help!!!!!!


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moonlake 6 years ago from America Author

Thanks for stopping by leaving a comment. I always worry about stepping outside and running into a bear. We have dogs but their in most of the time. We always worry about letting them out a bear with cubs would attack them right away. Most bears run away but sometimes they don't.


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Art 4 Life 6 years ago from in the middle of nowhere....

I too, have bears in my backyard...I enjoyed your hub, very informative...I have to really watch for bears where I live, but my dogs outside keep them at bay...thanks for the article...good writing!


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

He does think he's tough, he also tries to run the deer out of the yard. Thanks for signing my hub.


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dawei888 7 years ago

Hi! We also have bears in our area of the USA. It's pretty smart that you took your pics from inside and not out! Funny how your cat thinks he/she is just as tough as the big bear! Cheers, -dawei888 :-)


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Thanks Dolores Monet for stopping by. The bear has already been in the yard this year and tore down another feeder. We have one feeder left way up in a tree to get to it he will have to hang from a string. I don't think he'll do that.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love wildlife and the idea of bears in the area but damn if I'd want one in the yard and sure would miss feeding the birds. We had a bear invade our camp and he ate up all our Little Debbies. And the peanut butter too. I guess it was our fault.

Great pix, thanks for sharing, moonlake.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

I don't mind them if they stay away from my yard but I really don't like them coming in the yard.

Thanks k@ri for stopping by.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

Very interesting article. I do not think I would like to see a bear up close!


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

THANKS, Smokey for comments. That's terrible that a child was killed and mother attacked. Bears sure can't be trusted.


Smokey 7 years ago

Here in Cherokee County, NC, we have black bears come into town some years. It depends on how the acorns and other wild food crops are doing in the mountains. About 50 miles from here, and child was killed and a mother attacked by a black bear. Everywhere we camp, we either see bears or where they have been here in western NC.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Funny, I have no small kids at home anymore but I have dogs that have to have their babies and some of those are teddy bears and their always all over the floor.

The big bear was very impressive up close and personal also.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


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crazymomma of4 7 years ago

No encounters with bears here...the closest thing I've run into in the middle of the night is a "teddy" left on the floor lol...thank God!! I love the pictures...my favorite is "big black bear". stunning!


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

I would have a heart attack if I woke up to a bear licking my toes.

Thanks for comments...


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chermarie 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Great article and photos! When we lived near Duluth, MN, we had bears show up in our yard a few times, even had cubs in the tree! Neighbor lady was sunbathing and woke up to a bear licking her toes! We didn't have any attacks, lucky for us and the neighbor lady!


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

They are fun to watch but their really a pain to have around. We have to worry about ourselfs, our dogs and cats. We can't feed the birds because they just tear down the feeders.

Thanks Benjimester for stopping by.


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Benjimester 7 years ago from San Diego, California

We had a big black bear in our backyard in Minnesota last year. I was outta there in a heartbeat and back inside the house :) Thanks for the pics.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

The big bear in this picture didn't seem to care that we were around. My mother also worries about the bears here. Thanks for comments.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Moving up here near the bears was a little different. My mother is scared to death that they bears are going to run into the house and take the kids. We've seen 4 including a mother and her young. They leave as soon as they hear the door crack open so that we can get a picture.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Thanks Barbie for stopping by my hub.


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Barbie-Perkins 7 years ago from Cincinnati, OH

Moonlake, Terrific pictures and great information on what to do if encountering a bear. We ran into our first bear while walking on a trail in the Smoky Mountains in Cades Cove 9-21-2008. Eddie spotted the cub bear first and pulled me back to keep from running into it. I backed away slowly, while Eddie got his camcorder out and got a great video. When Eddie started backing away, the bear followed Eddie until he made a movement toward the bear and Eddie changed directins while backing away. The bear finally moved to the right of the trail and went up over the mountain. Thank goodness mama bear never showed up. Barbie


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Yes you can shoot bears during bear season which is goin on right now. If you have a bear that is really in your yard all the time and won't leave they will come and trap it and move it to another area away from humans. The problem we have is that we get so many. This year was better because we stop feeding the birds and that has helped. We don't like it because we love to feed birds and will again when winter comes.


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

This is so dreadfully scary - are the bears protected? and are you allowed to shoot them? re your last comment moonlake that poor woman losing her dog but TG she had the dog to initially protect her or her outcome may well have been worse! we don't have bears here, so the closest you can get to a bear is in a zoo!


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

PA bear attack:......A woman who was mauled by a black bear Monday night was treated at an area hospital and released, according to state Game Commission officials, who are investigating the encounter.A 44-year-old woman and her dog were attacked when they encountered a black bear in the 200 block of Dunwoody Road, Plunketts Creek Township, said rescue personnel who were called to the scene.Attacks by black bears on humans are rare, according to commission officials at the agency’s Northcentral Region office in Antes Fort.According to Wildlife Conservation Officer Jon Wyant, the woman went outside her home near Barbours to take her bird feeders down and let her dog out between 9 and 9:30 p.m.“Right outside the patio door, the dog went after the bear and the woman went after the dog,” Wyant said. “The bear swatted the dog and the dog had to be euthanized. The woman went to go back toward her house and the bear caught her. She had bites on her leg, damage to her hand, and the bear may have swatted her on her head.”


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks ADB.


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ADB 8 years ago from Canada

I love your photos moonlake.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Bears are amazing and mostly they run when they see anyone. Thanks for your comments.


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Janet21 8 years ago from New York

Very nice hub.  I live in NY, not too far from where that baby was killed in 2001 as you mentioned above. :( We have seen two black bears by our home.  Both of the bears were just strolling down our street.  We got one on video.  They were just so amazing to see!


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

We make sure we watch for them if we go outside. They are often on our deck so we have a light that comes on when they get on the deck or anything else that happens to come on the deck.


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byee 8 years ago

Scary! I hope the bears don't do your family, home and pets any harm!


Paul Felix 8 years ago

Hi moonlake bears are that plentiful there do you ever see them moving or coming this far south to Iowa thanks for the great hub reading thanks for becoming my newest fan too more scary hauntings on my hub ~cool~cya


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Hannah Druckman 8 years ago from East Coast

Thes pictures are amazing! Your tips for dealing with bears are helpful, too.


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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

I can't say I've ever seen a bear around these parts. Nice photos.


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bettiegurrl 8 years ago from Portland, Or

haha! the kitty cat's like, WTF?! get off of my property bear!


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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina

great photos! We used to see bears now and then on our drive to the beach. I still watch for them but it's been a few years.

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