Jefferson County, Colorado.
Hat tip to Bird Dog.
Category Archive 'Black Bear'
16 Jul 2016
Jefferson County, Colorado.
Hat tip to Bird Dog.
10 Jun 2016
Around 10:15 PM EST, Karen and I had just finished watching Vincent Price hamming it up in House of Seven Gables (1963), when our saluki (who had already had his last outside call for the evening) was found peering intently out the window.
Outside the window were three bird-feeders on poles standing in a small clearing and our dog had previously detected an opossum visiting at night to mop up fallen seeds lying on the ground. He had developed a real enthusiasm for that possum, and kept looking for him weeks after the varmint had been last seen.
Last night, though, Uhlan was looking out the window so intently that I suspected his beloved possum had finally returned. Karen went over to the window and looked, and saw that two poles were bent over and two rifled feeders were lying on the ground.
She retrieved the flashlight from the other end of the room and handed it to me. When I aimed the light out the window, the culprit was visible. It was a fully-grown black bear, sitting about ten feet from the house and looking guilty.
This was not the first time that bears had raided our birdfeeders. I had previously vowed revenge, and I had a .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson all ready for just such an occasion, sitting on a bookcase near the door, its first two chambers loaded with ratshot.
I reached for the revolver, but soft-hearted Karen intervened on the criminal’s behalf, saying “Don’t you shoot that bear!”
Sigh! What can you do? I’d been looking forward to applying a load of number 12 ratshot where it would do the most good, but wives are wives. I contented myself with opening the door and firing a shot out into the (empty) front field. The loud report and the flame (visible at night) issuing from the barrel naturally made some impression of Mr. Bear, who (as Karen who had been watching, reported) levitated out of the area in great haste.
Previously, one or another bear had absconded with two feeders, which were not seen again or found long afterward totally destroyed. This time, we recovered all the feeders fully intact, and one of them was even still full of sunflower seeds.
People 1: Bears: 0
02 Nov 2014
Don’t miss the comments by really dumb liberal girls who live a statist and Disneyfied dream world.
08 Jul 2014
The poor black bear has his head stuck in a milk can, but fortunately for him along comes a logger who is extremely deft with a loader.
31 May 2014
Taking a break in Daytona, Florida. slideshow
11 May 2014
These New Hampshire bulldogs actually broke through the porch railings to go after the bear robbing the family bird feeder.
02 May 2014
Stephanie Latimer spotted these Mexican Black Bears climbing Santa Elena Canyon wall on March 21, 2014, while kayaking in the canyon.
12 Jul 2013
Great minds from the Rhode Island media tell you what to do if you run into a black bear. Note that the bear you are going to run into is already labeled as merely “curious.” He couldn’t possibly be “ravenous,” “aggressive,” or “predatory.”
20 Jun 2013
(I got rid of the embedded version, because there was no way to shut off Autoplay. Shockwave Flash scripts can be that way sometimes.)
13 Apr 2012
The old Green Mountain State, once home to rugged individualists and real outdoorsmen, has become a favored residence of affluent fashionistas. Politically, the ‘chucks (as newcomers derisively refer to native Vermonters) are reliably outvoted by treehuggers, goat milkers, and aging Trustafarian hippies.
In the old days, the Vermont state character was typified by drinkers and brawlers like Ethan Allen and by thrifty and laconic Yankees like Calvin Coolidge. Today, it has socialist Bernie Saunders representing it in the US Senate and a governor who champions gay marriage and everyone’s “right to health care” at somebody else’s expense.
Vermont’s wimp democrat Governor Peter Shumlin was recently frightened by some of the local wildlife.
Black bears are rough on bird feeders. They typically totally demolish them to get at their contents more conveniently.
Some years back, at my farm in Central Pennsylvania, my father was making his morning coffee, when he looked out and saw a group of bears taking apart his bird feeders. My father stepped outside the cabin door, right on top of the offending bruins, pointed his .44 Magnum revolver in the air and touched off a couple of rounds. He then phoned me and reported with delight the comedy that ensued, noting with surprise just how fast properly motivated bears can run and describing exactly how funny they looked running for their lives up the mountain side.
Governor Shumlin went out and doubtless tried to influence them by making a speech.
All this proves that bears pay no attention to democrats, but understand the language spoken by Smith & Wesson extremely well.
17 Dec 2011
Look to the right.