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Will he come back?

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by thewoodlands, Mar 18, 2010.

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  1. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    He showed up for a couple of days on 5/29/08 & 5/30/08, last year we kept the bird feeders in until the middle of June so we never saw him, bird feeders plus the trail cam will go up this year.

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  2. daveswoodhauler

    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    Zap, what kind of trail cam do you have, and was it expensive?
    I have a network of trails behind my house where I go snowshowing quite a bit, and my oldest son and I have gone to a few outdoor classes where you learn about tracks/scat, etc..
    Was about 2 miles in over the weekend, and I came across some Black Bear tracks..(We have had them in our yard before)
    Was looking for a basic camera to see what else is out there, but don't have any clue about what to get and don't have a lot of $$$...just looking for the basics. (I have seen bobcat, mink and coyote tracks as well)
    Nice pic!
  3. thewoodlands

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    Bushnell Trail Cam that I think cost about $99.00 at the time but I'll check tonight when I get home for the model #. This looks like the same one through amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Trail-Sentry-Digital-Camera/dp/B00192IO9W

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  4. daveswoodhauler

    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    Thanks...the one you listed was one I was actually looking at.
    Just wanted something for $100-$150 or so... as I don't need anything real fancy.
  5. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Will he come back?

    Yes.
    In Alaska, they saying is "A feed bear is a dead bear"
    http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/safety/bears.htm

    Reason: once they get food from a location, they will always return to look for easy eats.
    I know of many dead bears that got into trash, they keep coming back, get possessive & then no choice.
    Mostly blacks but a few grizz.
    Safety issue in the remote camp I worked at for years.
    The other saying we had "When a bear don't run, get the gun"
  6. Cowboy Billy

    Cowboy Billy Minister of Fire

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    Cool Zap

    Two years ago my sister and her family were UP at the farm with us. They had stopped and gotten smoked white fist on the way up. I told them to throw all the scrap in the fire as soon as they were done or it would draw the bears. A half hour latter my sister got me and ask what was running across the road. I told her as I watched a bear walk back and forth across the road three times. And wondering why it was doing that. The last time she went across a cub followed her then a second one.

    Billy
  7. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Mama with cubs could spell trouble.

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    Cowboy Billy Minister of Fire

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    Thats true. But she could easily hear us and crossed at what she felt was a safe distance. Which was about 1/8 mile away. And we did not intrude on her space. But if she had come up the hill it would have been a bear hunt. We always have large caliber redneck toys around.

    Billy
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    I've seen bear cross the road in front of the car, but I've never had the chance to watch one feed. What a great photograph.

    Years ago, I was out on my horse in September (northern NH). We were on a logging road through a pretty recently cleared area and there were blackberry canes everywhere laden with fruit. My horse tensed up; head high, ears pricked forward, spine tense, and that mincing ("collected") walk. Lots of heaving blowing through the nostrils... I knew something was "different" than just the usual "spook", because it lasted for a couple of minutes, not just seconds. I never saw a bear, but to this day I've always thought that's what it was.

    Bears are smart and I like knowing there are wild things out there smart enough to evade us when they don't want to be seen. A good reminder that I'm not nearly as smart as I like to think I am... . Also a good reminder to put away the bird feeders!
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    Saw a mama and two cubs saturday 2 houses up - looked to be scrounging acorns. Food is not easy to find in the spring - so we have alot of sitings on trash day. We stopped the truck to look at the mom and cubs and they didn't spook at all.

    Black bears are common around Northern NJ - but we never seem to have a camera handy. They get into our bird feeders and nectar feeder for the humming birds. They twisted a 3/4 inch steel sheperd hook like it was a pretzel. I don't put the feeders out - much anymore.

    Last year - our dog was barking to go out around 2am, and the wife slid the glass door open to find a huge bear on our deck. She looks now before opening the door.

    Beautiful creatures. They've opened a bear hunt again as their numbers have really grown.
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