Living with Black Bears
LifeStyle Feb 04, 2021
When you think of bears, do you envision that sweet, cuddly teddy bear that you used to take to bed with you? Or do you envision a growling mass of claws and teeth? Both images are far from the truth. While there have been instances of bears that have gotten out of control, the statistics prove that they are very rare indeed.
There is a Native American saying: A pine needle falls, and an eagle sees it, the deer hears it, and the bear smells it. The ability of the bear to sense its surroundings by smell is phenomenal. This is their strongest sense. However, they do have excellent close range vision, color spectrum, and an ability to discern different shapes and sizes.
Bears love to eat. Besides ants, their favorite food, they are very fond of larvae and nymphs of ground nesting hornets and beetles.
Most bears are out and about from mid-April until October. This can vary in different sections of the country, due to the warm temperature or an early snowfall. Cubs are born and nursed in the months of January and February. The little ones weigh about 1/2 to 3/4ozs. at birth and are hairless.
Bears do try and stay away from humans. However, at careless campsites, they will take advantage of the free food that people leave behind. They then become problem bears. Usually the people who left their food scraps and containers behind, instead of property disposing of them, will never know what happens to the bear that came to their camp. In most instances, the bear will be destroyed beause he had become a “nuisance” bear.
That is why it is so important that we take the first step in protecting one of the most wondrous animals to inhabit our woodlands. Of course, ordinary caution in any forest setting is mandatory, but most animals will leave you alone if you leave them alone. If you try and bait an animal to come close to you so you can see them, the consequences are usually not in the best interest of either you or the bear.
So, please remember, when you are vacationing, camping, or hiking, notice your surroundings. Please remember that the animals are wild creatures and should not be fed or baited. These free living animals do not make good pets. They usually die in captivity become of lack of proper care.
The wildlife is beginning to prepare for the upcoming seasons. The bushes of berries are so well picked over by bears, deer, etc. They are definitely putting on that extra weight for their winter-time activities.
Bird migrations have started – here in the Northland – loons, geese, ducks, and herons are banding together, eating their weight in grass and fish, and definitely preparing for flights to warmer climates.
Most insect eating birds migrate at night. With the full moon of Autumn, it is always a breath-taking sight to see the shadow of flying birds across the round bright moon!
Hummingbirds are getting few and far between – the last ones are always a treat and a sweet remembrance of these charming “trinkets” of nature.
The deer fawns are beginning to lose some of their “spots” and a few bucks have been spotted with might impressive racks. They are regal and very proud of themselves! The bear cubs are tall and gaining a lot in weight as well as strength. When they jump out of that big oak tree, the “thump” does vibrate the ground so!
Swallows and martins are already gone and robins are not as visible. Our beloved blue jays, and sparrows that stay with us all winter long are becoming more brazen at the feeders and bird bath.
The fish in the lake are seeking deeper water with the cold nights and the morning fog. The days, however, still can be quite warm but in the evening that breeze is most definitely “fall.” ENJOY!