Monday, March 21, 2011

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner


I would like to say something lighthearted but the truth is that my stomach is in a knot. I did not grow up in this area and am unaccustomed to having bear in my yard - especially when the children are used to going out to play by themselves.

The bear took down both the bird feeders. They will not be going back up until next winter.

16 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow...is that bear at your door step? Scary! xxx

Richele said...

Honestly, Sarah, I feel nauseous and Luca is pretty shaken. Yes, I've read that black bears are non-aggressive but when an animal that large is outside your door it is unsettling. We were hoping to start some beehives this year but will now have to rethink that.

The whole image called to mind 1 Peter 5. Though black bears rarely attack it reminded me of another lurking presence:

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour"

Rebecca said...

Hmm, that is pretty scary! We have to patrol for nasty spiders and snakes here but... bears!!!

MommaMindy said...

Nice picture, but I'm sorry you have danger in your back yard!Watch your garbage cans, too. Just like Yogi in the cartoons, they are scavenging for food. If they continue to linger, sometimes the DNR will capture them and return them to the wilds. Stay safe!

Jeanne said...

Oh my friend! I am speechless. Praise God you and your family are all safe. Hugs from us.

Laura Lou said...

I'm sure its the lonnng winter bringing those hungry buggers out of their normal hunting grounds to settle for some seeds or suet!

Stay safe and yes! call and alert your rangers! Desperate animals are always unpredictable.

Praying peace for you all, and especially Luca.

Renelle said...

I would feel the same. I would be weary too. Wow, Hope it doesn't get too desperate of adventurous. Keep safe. Blessings, Renelle

Rambling Heather said...

WoW, Im glad and impressed that you grabbed your camera :)

Nancy said...

Yikes! Oh, my. I guess you could work this into a nature study lesson - right?

Melissa said...

Oh honey! I love the snapshot but hate thinking of you guys uneasy...good idea rethinking those bees...hmmmm...???

Nick Manson said...

You guys still have snow on the ground? Crocus have bloomed and gone already here and the daffodils are days away from blooming. First tornadoes of the season blew through a couple days ago.

Shouldn't that bear still be hibernating?

Erin Neiner said...

EEEEEK!!!! I think he's bigger than I even imagined!!! Oh boy oh boy...let's just say it's a good thing that the Papa Baburin was out to play at the time with the bear cubs...and not the mama! :)

I am so glad they were all ok. And just think of all those living books coming to life in their minds eye! ;)

(Please let me know if there's ANYTHING I can do for you...)

Richele said...

All right, I've calmed down since posting the picture, cleaned up the birdseed, reviewed bear safety rules with the children and -- since it's pretty much impossible to keep us inside -- we've resumed life as usual.

Traci's Teaching Times said...

Hi Rachel, I found yurblog through another blogger. I have enjoyed reading your blog. I'll b back to visit. Keep those babies safe.

Avonlea Academy said...

Just stumbled onto your blog through another homeschooling blog & wanted to help with the bear situation. I have learned that most black bears are not aggressive. But here are some tips to stay safe without killing the bear. I also learned you can have bear-proof bird feeders & beehives! Good Luck! http://theblueridgehighlander.com/Black-Bears-of-the-Blue-Ridge-Smoky-Mountains/Black-Bear-Safety-and-Avoiding-Bear-Human-Conflict/index.php

Michelle said...

Funny I should see this post today! I was on a field trip today and the woman I met there (another homeschooler) was telling me about her adventures at living in Colorado (she's a native Floridian). Anyway.. she said she learned quickly that bird feeders should be brought in at night and NEVER leave sunflowers..not even the husks.. outside as bears can smell them for up to 2 miles away.