Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bear With Me

Since moving to this rental house, I have shown you pictures of deer, blue birds and turkeys taken from my back sliding door.

This is what I saw this morning when I looked out the back door.

A bear cub!



Right after I took the first picture, it walked away into the woods.


To put things into perspective, in the picture below you can see how close he is to our back deck.



Now, I am a little nervous to go out for my daily walk.  This is just a cub,  I think the mother had to have been around somewhere. I think I will be using a treadmill until winter, when hibernation time comes around.

I also think that when I am looking for our next home to buy, no matter what the style, it probably won't be in the woods....:-).

50 comments:

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

We see bears in our yard occasionally, but have never seen a cub. You are so right. The mother is around somewhere nearby and I've heard they are very protective of their young. I think the treadmill sounds perfect (and safe too).
Sam

Catherine Holman said...

That's way too close for comfort!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I would stick to the treadmill too. That's a little too close for comfort and your right the mama is definitely close by!!

Anita said...

Penny, we see them regularly here, not far from you. My husband went to the french doors in the dining room one night to see one standing there looking in the door. We had a bobcat steps from the front porch the other night. We are very concerned here because we are in the woods, especially for the children who like to play outside. They will probably not bother you, but they are hungry and can be aggressive, especially a mama.

Sandi McBride said...

He was fishing! Wonder where his mom was...though you were nervous Penney, I sense you were more awed than nervous! So glad you were able to take a pic to share with us...
hugs
Sandi

Mary said...

That was too close for comfort Penny - think I would have been really scared because there has to be a larger one somewhere out there! Please be careful if you are outside and when you take walks....or perhaps just stay in and create some more beautiful mosaics, LOL! I know I'd be hurrying to the car and taking any walks at the bottom of your mountain!

Yes, the elephants in the back garden in Zimbabwe I could handle - but with bears I'd be more cautious!

Love and hugs - Mary (and thanks for your sweet comment today).

My Little Home and Garden said...

I'd agree that it pays to be cautious. Good luck with the house hunt!

Pondside said...

That scene was a little more like 'up here' than what I imagine about 'down there'! I'd say that you'd be wise to stay close to the house - and don't leave any food around for them.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

thats wayyyyyyyyy to close and yea Mom is very close by just knows to stay more hidden..

I hope you can move asap and yep to a place away from the woods.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, that is scary. Mama has to be close by. Yea, I wouldn't walk without a gun.

Vee said...

Now that is pretty exciting! I hope that there is nothing on the deck for them to eat. =/

Right. No walks unless you have human company.









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Rose H (UK) said...

Certainly a close encounter, but an awesome one. Yes, go carefully Penny but I'm sure as long as there's no human food about there's nothing to worry about..easy for me to say!
Rose H
x

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, Penny! Yes, that is too close for comfort.

Great pictures!

Hugs,
Donna

Melanie said...

Yes, Mama probably was near by!! I would rethink my morning walks too!!! Great pics though!

Miss Jean said...

Scary! One year at our quilt retreat in Tahoe we had bears. A momma and her two cubs. Scared us silly! My bedroom window was right where they had been walking!!!

Lorrie Orr said...

I'd be using the treadmill these days, too. Cute bear, but you know mama is somewhere around and you don't want to mess with her!

Blondie's Journal said...

This would totally frighten me out of my wits. I'm not fond of wild animals. This guy was a little too close for comfort. BE careful!! We have coyotes in our woods and I am always fearful for my dogs. We have a groundhog that visits our yard ever morning and a family of raccoons living near our woodpile. I don't worry for myself, but my little Layla can be really curious and fearless. Yes, use the treadmill! :)

XO,
Jane

Kelly said...

Wow! You really do live in the wild. That's why it's so pretty though. I guess you have to take the bad with the good. My greatest fear would be for my dog to get attacked.

Canadian Chickadee said...

Definitely stay on the alert, and be careful out walking. And Pondie's suggestion not to leave any food around is good too. A friend lives in a house backing on a green belt and they get bears all the time (in western Washington). The bears even tear down her bird feeders, so she's had to quit putting them up. They look cute, but they are definitely not something you want to mess with.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

What a beautiful and exciting sighting...but yep, you gotta be careful...we had some friends whose home butted up to the woods....their patio door was all scratched horizontally....the bear knew the door needed to slide! He never got in....but they barriered that window!!

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Ohhh how exciting! Yeah girl....use the treadmill. lol

Sharon said...

Oh My! My daughter was coming home late one night and saw a baby coyote in our front yard. There must have been a mama nearby. When we moved into this house three months ago we saw a pair in the field next to the house and immediately put up a fence to keep our dog in and them out! Love to see nature but not up close!

The Rose Room said...

Oh my goodness! That is incredible -lucky you to have such wild life at your doorstep, even if it is a tad nerving! Rachael xo

Gretchen said...

I'm with you Penny! I have a healthy respect for wildlife but I don't want any bears that close to my house unless I'm armed. I think using your treadmill is just a dandy idea.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Yes, Penny, stay inside! I was going to say, the mother must have been around close by.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh WOW! I would be nervous to go out in the woods too! But you have to admit, you got a rare and marvelous sight! Thanks for sharing. He is a stunner!

Stacey said...

I would totally pick a house in the woods. Nothing thrills me more than to see the animals. Of course, I realize bears are dangerous. It's always thrilling to me to realize that something is able to continue living.

rockriverstitches said...

Yikes! I would be afraid to go out for a walk too! But how cool to see it out your window!

Tammy

Jeanne said...

Oh my gosh Penny. I would be careful walking too. He/she sure is a cutie. We had a bear at our back door and on our front deck. It was after the bird feeder. We no loner feed the birds. sigh. The bear at our back door smelled the salmon we had for dinner the night before. It was early in the morning and Cheri' barked like crazy and it ran away

In five years these are the only times for a bear visit. Yikes. We're not moving though.

Hugs, Jeanne

Sweetina said...

I don't think the bears will bother you, Penny. Sure you need to keep your distance and it doesn't hurt to have Bear Spray living where you are. If you're outdoors, have it on you and make noise if you see them. they will run off.
Also you can call a Bear Whisperer for repeat offenders who will shoe him off, if he's been abandoned and keeps returning. The very last resort would be a gun, but the last thing an animal lover would ever want to do is get in a situation where it came to that.
treadmill or walk in groups with the spray.
Tina

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Penny, how exciting but scary too! The treadmill is sounding good to me too. Every day I go for a walk down the back of my property, which is bush, and thought I could hear something nearby. It gave me a little fright but it was my neighbours kangaroo! They found it when it was a baby and it has lived on their property ever since. It was following me... on their side of the fence ofcourse! take care, Maryann

see you there! said...

Eeeee! Scary, but on the other hand I'm so glad you ran to get your camera. The treadmill is probably a good choice at this point.

Darla

Becca said...

So close to your house. It's very dangerous if the mother is just around your house.
keep safe.

Kathleen Grace said...

Lord have mercy, very interesting to see that cub so close but I'm am scared to death of mama bears! I think I read to many bear attack articles in Readers Digest when I was growing up. Oh do be careful, the treadmill sounds like a mighty fine idea!

Sherri said...

Bears are definitely out and about this time of year. When we lived in northwestern NJ (we were only 15 minutes from PA) we had bear on our property. The would harrass our sheep and one even pulled one of our little lambs through the fence. It broke her hip and I had to have her put down. Bear are nothing to be played with for sure. Treadmill sounds good!

Dena said...

Oh Penny, that is way too close for comfort! Be careful!!

Hugs,
Dena

Sarah said...

Now that's pretty close indeed. Likely a momma near by for sure! Take care and enjoy the view from the deck. ;-)

Mimi Sue said...

Yikes! The treadmill is a great idea!! Mimi

Paula said...

What a surprise to find a bear in your yard! I wouldn't worry about bears if you walk on the road.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Did you hear about the bear who was in the restaurant eating? LOL! Thanks for the sweet pictures!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!
karianne

Beverly said...

Really cute, but I would want to view from afar. Very afar!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

OMG!! I would so not be waking in the woods. I'm with you treadmill until you know for sure they're in hibernation. You wouldn't want to meet mama bear in person!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

WOW! That is a call from nature that is way too close for comfort!

Shelia said...

Stay inside, Penny! That bear cub is cute but like you said, the mommy is probably close by! Be safe.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sharon said...

Not to worry - the bears are very prevalent in our community this year, but don't seem overly aggressive. I don't walk on the least populated streets in the early morning, but other than that, I just wear a whistle around my neck. Given enough warning, they turn around and leave. Just try not to surprise a cub in front of you when the mother is behind you. :) If you want a walking partner, call me.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I have never seen a bear, and that must be very scary!! I have had coyotes come right by our door, and that is scary enough!

Tutti Chic said...

you bet your butt penny there is a momma nearby. PLEASE be careful...I'll worry :)

Mary said...

Missing your posts, hope the computer problems are solved soon dear!

Anymore bear sightings?

Love, MARY

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Ya, mama bears can be unpredictable and MEAN. I don't think I would go for a walk out there either. Yikes.

Judi said...

Yikes Penny!
THAT bear is far too close for comfort. I am quite sure the mother is there also....she was watching.

Take care walking...I forget whether you have a dog or not but I would take him along if you did.

have a great weekend.
Judi