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Diaphone Jim 09-30-2020 06:56 PM

I have my trail cam set out, charged up and waiting for a repeat of the evening before last when I got up during the 6 o'clock news and looked out of my living room window at the front lawn and watched a bear walk by. About ten feet away.
I am still a little buzzed by the sight since I have lived in this admittedly rural area for 48 years and never seen a bear closer than ten miles away and then up in the hills.
He wasn't a very big or old black bear, maybe 150-200 pounds and not black but brown.
I closed some doors and followed his wanderings around the yard through different windows. He got to a corner with a closed gate and reversed his route, ending up in a clump of berry bushes.
I alerted some neighbors, made sure the cat was inside, put a ten round mag in the Mini-14 and ventured out with no good plan.
My young neighbor came over with his deer rifle and we tried to locate Mr. Bruin for about a half hour before decided he had left the area the way he came.
Checking with some folks across the road and with a vineyard next to wilder country turned out they saw a family regularly munching their pinot noir.
OK. A bear. My first one, never even showing up on critter cam. Never any scat or overturned trash cans, including the ones lined up every week along the road.
So I guess I will pay a little more attention for a while dusk to dawn.
There will be a related post tomorrow in the guns thread.

Undertoad 09-30-2020 07:18 PM

My FB people have already seen, the mountains and foliage are not the only beauty we have seen this NH trip. Driving down a back road through the forest and we came across this beast.

Griff 09-30-2020 08:40 PM

Tesla be verwy verwy quiet.

xoxoxoBruce 10-08-2020 03:39 AM

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747 won the Fat Bear Contest this year...

Griff 10-08-2020 06:47 AM

Nice work 747!

I saw a fisher cat yesterday, that was pretty cool.

Gravdigr 10-08-2020 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Griff (Post 1059443)
I saw a fisher cat yesterday, that was pretty cool.

You mean one o'these?:

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Griff 10-08-2020 02:47 PM

Yeah, a chocolate brown oversize weasel. I hear they are hell on chickens but security is pretty tight here.

Gravdigr 10-08-2020 08:22 PM

I was neck deep in the river, leaning back against the bank, and one of them (we call them fishers 'round h'yere) came hiking down the creekbank, came within about 6 feet of me. Gave no indication he knew I was there. I think he had somewhere to be.

xoxoxoBruce 10-11-2020 07:03 AM

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I hope this poor baby doesn't get carbon fiber splinters in his gums...

Gravdigr 10-13-2020 08:54 PM

Yee. Ikes.

Link to UPI article

Griff 10-14-2020 06:33 AM

Wow. Shitty day

glatt 10-14-2020 06:43 AM

Good kitty

Griff 10-14-2020 07:07 AM

I think my instinct would be to throw rocks immediately, probably get me killed.

Diaphone Jim 10-14-2020 11:16 AM

She just wanted him gone and her actions were to menace not attack.
Effective as hell, I'd say.

glatt 10-28-2020 05:23 PM

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Caught a flying squirrel in the floor joist cavity. With a towel.

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