There’s a lot of wildlife out where we live. Besides countless birds, squirrels, mice and chipmunks, there are bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, rabbits, deer—and bears.
We’ve always had bear tracks and scat around our house, but they always visited at night. They demolished our bird feeders, trampled our garden—one even left a nose-print on the glass of our entry area window. But we never actually saw one till this year. Apparently the long, snowy winter followed by a short spring affected the growth of certain berries they eat. This year, hungry bears were everywhere. This year, they came in the daytime.
This is Goldie, standing on our wall. He/she is a black bear, but 50% of black bears in the Rocky Mountains are colors other than black—brown, cinnamon, or blonde like this one. You have to admit it’s a beautiful animal. This picture made the front page of the local paper.
We’ve only had one more daytime visit (gone too fast to get the camera out). But we’re careful to bring our feeders in at night.