OT - Bear roaming NLR

My sister sent me a video (from a door bell cam) of a bear a few houses down the street from hers. She lives on A street off JFK … a few blocks from I-40. I saw another one posted on Twitter of bear in the Lakewood subdivision… probably the same bear.


Got real bad directions.

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Black bears kill more people than any other species

I’m currently working in New Bern, NC, birthplace of Pepsi-Cola and known as the Bear City. The city seal has a bear on it, NBHS’ mascot is the Bears, and there are fiberglass bear statues all over town. I thought it was a result of being named for Berne, Switzerland, which in turn is named for bears. However, on U.S. 70 just west of the city limits (yes, the same U.S. 70 that goes through Hot Springs and Little Rock and so on) there is a highway sign “Beware of Bears Next 12 Miles”. So maybe there are some Yogis and Boo-Boos still in this part of NC.

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Surely black bears kill more cattle or sheep or critters than people?

That has a lot to do with black bears have more habitat in common with where people live. There are much fewer people who live in brown bear habitat (or polar bear habitat). Generally, black bears aren’t aggressive unless there is a cub involved.

We have bears. See one every 3-4 months.

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Hopefully nobody will harm it.
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Or feed it. That’s when issues begin.

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Quick story - Last summer my wife and I went to Yellowstone with my sister and husband. We were in the park several days and we were disappointed that we had not seen a bear. We asked a couple of rangers our best chance and they gave us a couple of locations but no luck. On our last day we split up because we wanted to go to Jackson Hole and they were heading up to Montana. As they were leaving the park through the Northeast Gate they saw some wild berries beside the road and pulled over to pick a few. Michael reached down and there was a large brown bear sitting on his rump chowing down on berries. It scared the ----- out of him. The bear stood up surprised and Michael backed up and headed to the car. My sis had not gotten out of the car but she saw the bear stand up and said Michael’s face was as white as a sheet. So, they were able to go home and say Yep, we saw a bear in Yellowstone!

Having been out to Yellowstone/Grand Teton and Glacier several times, plus taken two trips to Alaska, I’ve found you just have to kind of “Zen” it on seeing bears. It happens when it happens.

In Yellowstone and Glacier you see a lot of “bear-jams” where everybody stops (and hopefully pulls off the road: to get pictures. Some people have no sense whatsoever, and will walk up right close to the bears, including sows with cubs. They do the same thing with moose and bison, two docile looking but sometimes ornery large mammals. More people get hurt in Yellowstone in a given year by bison than bears.

Or ask Native Americans. They told me exactly where (a fish ladder on a creek) and when (the tide rises) to find bears in Alaska. It was salmon spawning season so it was easier and safer too.

I spent five of my growing up years in Red Lodge MT, about 50 miles from the NE gate to Yellowstone. I remember going to the Park in the early 70’s and seeing bears every trip down but much less people in those days. The main memory I have of seeing bears around Red Lodge was when we would hear trash can lids late at night or early in the morning and seeing them run off when you would open the back door. It meant I had up to an extra 30 minutes of chores that day, depending on how far they strewed the trash. :woozy_face:

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