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Ever stumble on a bear den , we did today .

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by richardg40, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. richardg40

    richardg40 New Member

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    We are having our 100 acres woodlot cut this winter and since they were done last friday we decided to walk the property line . The wood processor operator told me last week that he was making the road a little larger with his bucket loader and he picked up mother bear in his bucket from her den , paws swinging and growling . He dropped her gently and she took off running . She had 2 small cubs in her den and she came back for them but one of them was dead so she took the other one out of harms way . This wood processor has been doing this for 30 years and said he never experienced something like this before .

    Today while walking the property line we found her new den ,with lots of trees scratched all around that area and bear poop and tracks / This den is just under some fallen trees . We didn't take pictures because we were afraid she would come after us .
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  2. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    Wow - that's pretty awesome! I'd love to see that....from a distance!
  3. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Haven't come across one in person either.

    That's too bad about the one little one that didn't make it.

    pen
  4. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    Bears rule...
  5. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    It never happened without pics... LOL. Now get in there and get some pictures for the forum.
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  6. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    Our land used to be owned by a timber company. They left a few large slash piles. Pretty sure at least one of them has a black bear den. We catch pictures of black bears & cubs on our cams all the time too.
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  7. Mrs. Krabappel

    Mrs. Krabappel Minister of Fire

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    I found a Carolina wren den in my woodpile today. Does that count:cool:?
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  8. Adabiviak

    Adabiviak Feeling the Heat

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    Was she hibernating? Was he insane? I guess he's relatively safe in the loader, but still.
    :(
  9. richardg40

    richardg40 New Member

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    She was hibernating . He didn't see her and didn't pick her up on purpose . He only noticed her in the bucket after it was way up in the air .
  10. gmule

    gmule Feeling the Heat

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    I occasionally see bears running across the road but I have not seen a den.
  11. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Don't take pictures- you are wise to leave her alone. She doesn't need the stress and too much interference will be nothing but bad. Good for you trying to do the right thing!
  12. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I am pretty sure that I would make a mental note to stay the heck away from that corner of the woods._g
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  13. rideau

    rideau Minister of Fire

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    Had neighbors tell me they saw a bear at my gate. Two days later I find my bale of peat torn open. Then bear poop on my sister's road. Then my aunt, 60 acres away, calls to tell me a bear is looking in her kitchen window. But what really shook me was when I was walking to the gate with my Wheaten. I had looked down to check my lace because a sneaker felt loose; as I looked down, I heard a sound in front of me and to the right. I didn't have time to look to see what it was. My dog tensed for an instant, then turned and tore off for home. I figured "bear" and took off after him.

    In a way, I'm glad it happened. He herds deer, chases turkeys, chases the raven (ha!). I'd been worried about what would happen if he met a bear. I now know I don't need to worry. He won't meet a bear. Smart dog.
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  14. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Reminded me of this T:

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    pen
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