Monday, July 12, 2010

Our Neighbor

It has been a very long time with no post. I have been so very busy this summer with the usually summer parties, birthday parties, with lots of garden and yard work. The recent heatwave has me watering overtime. I thought I would take a break from the outdoor work, to share with you all a photo of our neighbor...a beautiful, large black bear.
The photo was on the July 2010 cover of our little town newspaper. I did not recognize the street name of where it was taken, so I pulled out a map. It turns out the street next to us changes names as it makes a 90 degree turn. So a thin strip of trees separates our street from the street where this big guy was photographed. Lots of bear around here, so having this guy so close shouldn't really be a surprise.
I think it is so very cute. I would like to squeeze it's little cheeks. No worries! I am a bit smarter than that. The sensible thing is to stay far away and keep property free of yummy bear treats. Perhaps I'll pull out a paint brush to paint it.
Connecticut has lots of wooded areas, perfect for bears to be very happy. With an easy source of food, human garbage cans, bird seed in feeders, they are increasing in numbers. Very surprising to me, was yesterday's article in a local paper telling about a bear attack on a quarter horse. I had no idea they would attack something that large. The horse should be okay and the owner believes the horse was protecting it's corral, perhaps startling the bear who climbed into the fenced area. Read about the incident and the start of a bear hunting debate here: Are bears fair game? The Republican-American


makingstuffwithlove said...

I had no idea bears were common like that in Connecticut! So sorry the horse got attacked, but glad it is going to be okay. Very interesting -- I learned something :)

SassySashadoxie said...

Wow, big black bear. We don't get many bear here around my town. We have lots of moose, deer, coyotes, and mountain lions though.

Art and Sew Forth said...

I live in a semi rural area. The village is about 1/2 sq mi at best with residential homes on streets. Several years ago, my son and I were driving through the village and stopped at a 4 way stop on a residential street. An animal about 200 feet in front of us ran across the road. Cody said, "Mom! It's a bear!" Of course, I disagreed...until we drove straight ahead to see. Sure enough-a black bear was wondering through the neighborhood! We warned the families with kids out and didn't see him again. It was a strange sight!

PetsJubilee said...

How scarey!!! I'd be a bit freaked out. They are gorgeous, but I wouldn't want them as neighbors.

AngelPups said...

Great story! I actually lived in a very populated area some time ago and we had one summer where the police were walking through our neighborhood in the evenings on two different occasions looking for a bear that was seen walking down the next street over!