Date: 4/13/18 2:18 pm From: Herbert Flavell <herb1013...> Subject: Bears and snakes.
I received this little story today and its good advice. We had a bear walking up the front stairs 2 times last year after our bird feeders. Another thing I warn my son about is Copperheads and Timber Rattle snakes are coming out of there winter dens.Herb Flavell Gods Knobn and Milk Can Corners.
you would think, since I have lived in this neck of the woods all of my life, that I would have thought of it. But, I didn’t.
The first thing I saw when I came out from my bedroom one morning last week was my bird feeder- scattered in pieces across the yard. The metal container that held sunflower seed and sat on my stoop all winter was on its side. The cover not only had been pulled off, but had been tossed into a corner. And I had weighted that thing down with a rock! Yep! The bears are out of hibernation and of course they are hungry. This one was probably a bit ticked off, since there wasn’t much left in that container. I had planned to buy another bag of seed on my next trip to town. That won’t be necessary now. I must have been sleeping pretty soundly to have missed the racket all of that activity would have caused.
Since I am who I am I grabbed my camera and took pictures, all the while calling the invasive critter unflattering names under my breath. However, once I simmered down, I gave myself a lecture. I should have realized that it was very likely to happen. It isn’t the first time bears have been in my yard. ’Tis the season.
Apparently he, she or they were on a determined hunt. My bird feeder wasn’t the only one emptied or trashed that night. Several neighbors reported signs of hungry visitors. After all, why not, since most of us humans like to feed the birds and the food is out there, available for the snitching. My nephew found tracks of a large bear and a small one; probably a sow and a cub. Others saw one large bear. In either case, if I had caught the critter in the act, I certainly wouldn’t have put up any argument with him - or her.
After I had eaten some breakfast and enjoyed a cup of coffee, I went out to clean up the mess. While I worked, I could imagine the conversation between that Mama and her cub. “Now, Junior,” she might say. “I have something to show you. I know you are very hungry, since we haven’t had a bite since last fall. It won’t be hard to find a very quick snack. Human are so amazing, And so generous! “
And she led him around this neighborhood where I live, first to one house, then the next. Down came the bird feeders, one after the other. Oh, those seeds were tasty.
Once she they had finished there, even though it was getting late, she brought her babe down to my yard. By that time he (or she) had gotten the idea. This was just nothing but fun.
On they went. Of course, my neighbors and I weren’t the only ones. Only those who had the foresight to take their birdfeeders inside escaped the carnage.
“You do have to remember this, my child”, Mama Bear cautioned her delighted offspring. “This only works one or two nights. Then the humans catch on and take the feeders into their dens. Once that happens, you’ll have to work a bit harder for your supper.”
Actually, it is probably wasn’t a mama bear with a cub that came to my house. More than likely, it was one good sized papa bear. In any case, I will buy another feeder and I’ll do my best to remember to bring it in at dusk. I miss my bird buddies. The seed container is stored inside for now.
And, of course, it is almost time to put out some sugar water for the hummingbirds. ‘Tis the season.