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Black Bears In Our Backyard! Are My Photos as Good As Tom Sears?

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Big Black Bear

Big Black Bear

Big Black Bear

The Visit From The Bear In Our Backyard.

We're always getting black bears in our backyard. This big guy would come for a visit to our house every morning while we were having our coffee. Our cat isn't worried about this bear. I took all the photos. The photos aren't too bad for an amateur taking them out the window. I was not going outside with this guy hanging around the house. I know my photos aren’t as good as Tom Sears takes, but they will have to do.

I should have stepped out and told this big guy to get out of our backyard and off our deck. The lady on TV did and the bear ran right off.

At the bottom of this hub, you will see a video of a little black bear who did come on our deck crying like a baby.

Bear and Cat

Bear and Cat

Pictures I have Taken not as good as Tom Sears.

Our cat's name is Wanabe because he wants to be a Cougar he attacks everything that comes into our yard including bears.

We had to stop feeding our birds. We wanted the bear to stop coming so close to the house.

We never knew when we would walk out the door if he would be on our deck.

Black bears attack to kill they aren't going to just roll you around and smell of you and leave. If you run into a black bear you can try backing away slowly first. Black bears will usually run if they see you or hear a sound, but if a black bear attacks do not play dead fight them back aggressively. Don't run, pick up small children, stand tall, wave your arms above your head if you can and shout. Make yourself look as large as you can if all else fails run. Don't look the bear directly in the eye, as the animal may interpret this as a sign of aggression. Don't try climbing up a tree they will come up after you. They are good climbers and often climb to the top of our big trees. Hunters have often been jerked right out of their tree stands by bears. If you're walking in an area with bears make noise so you don't surprise a bear.

I also think the bears here can smell the food in the house and it brings them around, not much we can do about it, we have to eat. We also have five apple trees in the yard, bears love apples.

Like I said my photos are not real clear here, but I had to take them from inside the house and through the screen. I wasn't going to get close to the bear. Bears are wild and strong animals and need to be treated with respect and caution. They can kill you with one slap from their paws. We were worried about Wanabe but weren't going outside to get him.

The first big bear is right by our back door and our deck, the black item to the right is our grill with a cover on it.

The bear with the white spot is in our meadow taken with a field camera. We can see the meadow from our back door. My husband mows a path for me down to the meadow and backs up to the yard. I often walk the path to get my exercise and take our little dog for a walk, but I always try to make sure to take one of the dogs with me.

Last year we had a mother bear with three cubs. She and her cubs hung out in our trees. The babies could climb the trees so fast. We were surprised to see three cubs. I tried to get pictures but couldn't they would come in after dark.

We also had what my husband thought was last year cub, because of its smaller size, so this adds up to 7 different bears just in our yard we saw. There could have been more we didn't see.

Black Bear with white patch

Bear With White Spot.

Bear With White Spot.

Black Bear Attacks

In the 2000s Black bears have killed 15 people. This doesn't count the people who were attacked and survived.

2001 a black bear entered an elderly women's house and killed her. She was 93.

2001 a black bear killed a baby girl while sitting in her stroller on her porch at her home in New York.

We rarely saw black bears here. We saw them at the dumps but then they closed all the old dumps and then the bears started coming to homes looking for food. They often try to break down doors and go through windows. People have cottages here and come home to find their cottage broken into not only by people at times but also by bears.

The world record weight for an American black bear is 880 pounds.

A Bear Attack Story.

Our friend’s daughter was attacked by a black bear. The dad and his daughter had gone deer hunting. The daughter was 14 and she ran into a black bear in the woods the bear came after her and she managed to get up a tree and made all kinds of noise trying to get the bear to leave. He wouldn't leave. He came up the tree and got hold of her foot and pulled her down. She was screaming and her dad and the other man who was with them heard her and came running. The bear was dragging her further into the woods. They ran him off, but she had already been hurt. The bear had mauled and bit her. She had to have many, many stitches to close up all the bites.

Bear Attack!

BEAR ATTACK DOGS.

BEAR ATTACK DOGS.

Tuesday Evening 10/14/2008

On Tuesday Evening when this lady let her dogs out they ran into a black bear. This is not far from where we live. Goes to show how you always have to look before going outside and checking before letting the dogs out. Our dogs would have done exactly the same thing.

Daily News Report

Springer Spaniel survives a bear attack!

This happened in our area black bears attack dogs. The main problem is when you let your dog outside at night and can't see the bears and the dogs run up on them the bears attack the dogs. I can't say I blame bears or the dogs. The bears are just being bears and dogs are just being dogs.

Baby Bear In 2010

Baby Bear.

Baby Bear.

Nice Tree To Climb

Nice Tree To Climb

Where's The People Can They Feed Me.

Where's The People Can They Feed Me.

Baby, Baby

Baby, Baby

Peek-A-Boo

Peek-A-Boo

There's My People Coming Down

There's My People Coming Down

Our Crying Baby Bear Visitor.

Oct 25,2010

This baby bear came in our yard today. He was acting like he was lost, then he started to cry. He came right onto our deck. If he saw my husband and I he would run after us crying. We ran in the house. We tried everything we could to get him to go, but he wouldn't leave he just came on the deck and looked in the door at us. He wasn't hungry he was wanting Mommy. We didn't know where she was. Maybe dead maybe she walked off and left him. My husband shot his gun in the air hoping this would get rid of him, but he didn't move. Let me tell you, it was pitiful and sad to hear him cry. We called the DNR and they said to close the doors and stay inside keep the dogs and cats in and maybe his Mom would come and get him. If he's still here tomorrow we have to do something. We will make sure he is not killed.

Oct.26,2010

Mommy didn't come and get her baby. We heard about a mile from us hunters killed a bear with a cub. This very likely is her cub.

The Dept. Of Agriculture sent someone to come and get the cub. The cub was so friendly we told the man who came to be careful the bear would walk right up to him. The cub did walk up to him as soon as he saw him. He walked up to the man stood on his back legs and sniffed the man and pulled on his pant leg and cried. He acted like he wanted a hug but, of course, there is no way anyone should do this as small as he was he was still a danger. The bear went right in the cage with no problem. It was sad to see him go, but it was hard having him around.

This little black bear had a white spot on his chest just like the big bear at the top of the page. Not all black bears have this. Maybe his Dad or Mom was the bear in the meadow with the white spot.

We haven't heard what happen to baby bear, but the man had said he would very likely go to a wildlife center.

The videos below are from our yard.while the man was trying to get the baby bear into the cage.

Same Baby Bear In Our Tree.

Baby Bear on Our Deck..........moonlake 2010

Man Getting Baby Bear In Cage.

What do black bears eat.


Bears have garbage guts they will eat anything. When we were young we would go to the dumps and watch the black bears eating whatever they could find in the dump. It was a fun thing all the town people did. Our entertainment in the old days.

Bears eat berries. small animals, frogs, rabbits, whitetail deer fawn, fish, crayfish, fruits such apples, insects, bees, yellow jackets, wasps, ants,termites, grubs from old trees, bee honey, crops such as corn, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, pumpkins, potatoes, mushrooms, bird eggs, nuts, leaves, flowers, plants, grasses, acorns, pine cones, roots, hummingbird juice and of course they love trash.

We live in the perfect place we have just about all the foods a black bear loves.

The bears coming into our yard are not worried about us at all. The neighbor was here the other day he said he shot into the air trying to run the bear off. The bear just looked at him and didn't move on. Our son also tried to run one off from his yard and it growled at him.

There was one in the yard later this year with a reddish rear end. They can come in a variety of colors between black, red and brown.

We just have to live with them and hope for the best.

Hope you enjoyed my hub on black bears not as good as Tom sears sites. Have you seen his pictures, they are great? If you would leave a comment tell us if you have had black bears in your backyard.

I will be adding to this site because I know we have not seen the last of black bears in our yard. We have people who want to come here and hunt black bears, but we just don't want the bears killed.

More Bears.

May 29, 2011

I had just let my dogs in the house when the Springer started barking. Looked out the window and saw one bear in the yard, ran for my camera. By the time, I got my camera setup the bears where in the meadow. I was going to do some gardening today and take a walk in the meadow guess I won't be doing this today. This is not the best video but the best I could get of them. We don't feed birds this time of year because of the bears. I even worry about having hummingbird feed out.

Bears in our backyard............moonlake 2011

Labor Day Week-End 2013

A bear was back in our yard today. Our dog always watching out the back door and when we heard him bark my husband yelled at me to get the camera. The two videos are what I got. He was about 200 lbs. There are two around and they have been terrorizing our yards. They get into everything including plants I have on the deck they nosey in around the grill, whatever they can find.

The first video is not the best video with me shaking while trying to get in the right place to videotape. The second video takes a second to start and it's a slideshow of all the pictures I got off this bear.

Labor Day Week-End 2013

Bear Walking Away From House.2013

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How To Get Rid Of Black Bears In Your Yard

Black bears love to eat and the best way to keep them out of your yard is to get rid of all food. Bears are strong they can get into anything including your car. They can smell food no matter where you put it. Try to clean up all around the house to make sure there is nothing around they would want to eat. Black bears kill more people than any other bear.

  1. Take In Dog or Cat Food
  2. Close Trash So Bears Can't Get In Them Or Put Them In A Place They Can't Get To.
  3. Don't Feed Them
  4. Take In Hummingbird Feeders At Night
  5. Don't Leave Out Bird Feeders or Make Sure Their Empty At Night
  6. Don't Have A Compost
  7. Put Away All Bird Feed
  8. Have Heavy Lids On Trash Cans
  9. Close Barn Doors
  10. Don't Leave Food In Your Car


Bear Videos

A few videos on what happens when bears are around. Really as cute as they can be they are very dangerous.

Bear Takes Donkey In Wisconsin.

A black bear took a donkey right out his pen in the town of Maine in Wisconsin. The donkey was killed and the was later shot. The warden said he had never anything like this before.

Marinette Co, Wisconsin Bear Attack

A bear in Marinette Co, Wisconsin attacks a man as he tried to save his dog. The bear then attacked the man. The man’s wife ran out with the gun but didn't know how to load it and instead hit the bear with the gun. The bear let the man go and gave him time to get into their home. The sheriff got there and shot the bear while it was circling the home.

Black Bear Stalks Joggers 2014

Spring of 2014 starts out with a black bear knocking over our grill. I thought a tree had fallen because we had such high winds. I looked out the window and there was a very large black bear on our deck. He knocked over the grill and walk slowly away when he found nothing to eat.

The video below shows people jogging in Canada with a black Bear stalking them. I would be very worried, but very likely the bear was just curious. It's always good to carry something with you when in the woods even just a stick. We walk often down to our meadow and we carry a walking stick. We should carry a gun, but I don't like doing this.

Our yard is busy this year. The other day we had a doe and her new fawn in the yard. A mother and father goose with their three fuzzy babies.

Bear Scat

Bear Scat

2015

I didn't see any bears this year, but I did see bear scat along the path where I walk my little dogs, seen below. My son now lives next door and he saw a bear behind our barn. We closed up the barn nice and tight so no bears could get in and hibernate for the winter. Bears will sometimes just hibernate under a pile of leaves so if they will do that they will go into my barn.

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Do Not Copy

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Comments

moonlake (author) from America on January 15, 2016:

howlermunkey, That's a good thing not running into a bear. Most of the time black bears are pretty calm and won't attack. If they're having a bad day watch out. My son lives just down the road from me. One day a large black bear was walking through his yard and yelled out the window "hey" and the bear growled at him. That bear was in a bad mood. Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you liked the photos.

Jeff Boettner from Tampa, FL on January 15, 2016:

Just watched "backcountry" last night, scary movie! I've been hiking as long as I can remember (smokies, white mountains) and have yet to run into a black bear (which is a good thing I suppose). Love bears but have respect for them as well, would like to see one from a distance in the woods some day! Very cool article moonlake and love your photos!

Eva Thomas from Georgia on September 30, 2015:

Omg!! You are right though.. can't stop living. I know every time I walked our land, I was always watching. Our land was border a National Forest...

moonlake (author) from America on September 30, 2015:

WhiteOak, Thanks for stopping by. I worry each time I walk the dogs in the meadow, but you can't stop living. I could be walking the dogs on the road and still run into a bear. A bear got in one of our apple trees and bent the tree over and took all the apples, this just happened last week.

Eva Thomas from Georgia on September 30, 2015:

Wow... I have not came face to face with a bear, but when my late husband and I use to homestead we heard a bear close by on our land... I have been hiking and it was in a bear area.. the next morning when I got up there was bear mess piles too close for comfort. I have ran across claw marks on a tree that a bear did on another hike I was on. We always carried whistles because bears hate loud noises..

moonlake (author) from America on August 18, 2015:

Diane, What a scary story. You were lucky he was more interested in the berries rather than you. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Diane on August 18, 2015:

In the early 70's I was walking to the back yard to pick some dewberries so I could make dewberry crisp. Low and behold, there was a Huge black bear eating the berries off of the bush by the milkhouse! I couldn't see him before I was almost there because of the trees in or yard! It scared me! I lived in Western MI. I don't know if I was Down wind-but I am sure he saw me. He just kept eating, and I slowly backed off, until I was sure he wasn't following me, then I ran the rest of the way back to the house! Longest trip ever! I am sure he had to hear me coming, becsuse I am always singing-can't remember sny more if I was that day or not-but knowing me, I was! :-) I lived in that area my whole life, and never saw a bear! Even in the woods!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on August 17, 2015:

My pleasure, Moonlake!

moonlake (author) from America on August 16, 2015:

Kristen Howe, Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on August 16, 2015:

peachpurple, Oh yes they are looking for food. They have plenty of food around here they don't need to go into yards, but they're just bears they don't know that. Thanks for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on August 16, 2015:

Roxanne Amero, Glad you found a way to get rid of the bear. Thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on August 16, 2015:

DDE, Thanks for stopping by I appreciate it.

moonlake (author) from America on August 16, 2015:

Brittany Hudson, Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it. It's fun to go in the woods I guess kids have to learn to be careful.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on August 16, 2015:

Moonlake, scary thought to encounter black bears! Thanks for sharing your experience and showing those pictures! Voted up for interesting!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 07, 2015:

i think the bears are looking for food, the easier way instead of hunting. Be careful.

Roxanne Amero on February 10, 2015:

I got rid of black bear that wouldn't leave my German Shepherd alone.He growled and kept coming out of the woods every time the motion light went out.I banged pots and pans.I hollered.Then I did something else he hasn't came back in 3yrs.I just have to patten it I don't have enough money yet.

Brittany from Gastonia, North Carolina on January 22, 2015:

I remember when I was little I would run around in the woods, several times I ran across a bear. I believe it was a brown bear though not a black bear. Either way this is a very help and well put together hub, awesome job!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 10, 2014:

Hmm so interesting to see bears in the back yard and this can be dangerous your photos look so good from a close view I guess?

moonlake (author) from America on November 19, 2013:

jason, Thanks for stopping by. Our son hit a black bear on the highway one year. It did a lot of damage to his Dually truck.

jason on November 19, 2013:

I just saw a large black bear on I-40 at the Oklahoma Texas boarder

moonlake (author) from America on October 30, 2013:

flint3099, Thank you I appreciate you stopping by. They can be scary.

flint3099 on October 29, 2013:

Great picture of the bear Moonlake. It is pretty scary they are in your backyard so often.

Very interesting hub!

- Flint

moonlake (author) from America on October 06, 2013:

Au fait, It can get interesting. I always worry about turning a corner where I can't see what's there but we like it here and we're careful. Just about any place we would live in this area we would have bear. Now there are also moose another danger. Thanks so much for pin and stopping by.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 05, 2013:

This hub is so interesting and the photos are so good that I had to come back to pin it to my 'Wild Animals' board, and I want to share it with my followers again for any who may have missed it previously. I think it must be quite an adventure to live where so many large wild animals might be roaming around one's yard at any time.

moonlake (author) from America on September 30, 2013:

Writer Fox, We do have to be careful with kids around never know when a bear will wonder in. We rarely have kids here. The DNR will trap a bear if he is a nuisance but we have so many it would be hard for them to do that. I have a path I walk with our dog goes down into our meadow circles around and comes back up to our house. Where you see the bear in the last video he's on the path. My dog wants to go down that far but I won't do it this time of year. Bears are looking for food getting ready for winter. I walk him close to the house and barn. Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on September 29, 2013:

You should charge admission to your backyard to see the bears! It's amazing that you've had so many encounters with them. It sounds like a dangerous place to let children play outside. I know in Colorado the state has a program to trap bears and move them deeper into the woods. That might work for you if your state would pick up the tab. I enjoyed reading about your personal encounters with the bears.

moonlake (author) from America on August 20, 2013:

epbooks, Thanks for stopping by I appreciate it. We love seeing the bears but we know how dangerous they can be.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 20, 2013:

Wow- those pictures are fantastic! It's deceiving how innocent they seem-such beautiful animals. Voted this hub up- loved it!

moonlake (author) from America on July 23, 2013:

Suhail and my dog, Thank you for stopping by again. We have also seen cougars around here not very many but they are here.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on July 23, 2013:

I am an adventure seeking man, moonlake, but an encounter of this nature with a bear will certainly render me unconscious lol. It was very brave of the lady.

Btw, my encounter with bears and cougars (Ontario has about 500 of the latter) will be covered in my hiking adventures of fall season.

moonlake (author) from America on July 22, 2013:

Suhail and my dog,

I do know that if our dog sees a bear and runs after him the bear takes off. Our dog can only go so far in the yard because of an invisible fence. I would think your dog would be a big help while hiking. I don't know about the bells, some noise attracts bears.

Our 93 year old friend was walking in her yard last week when a bear came into the yard. She couldn't get to the door right away so she stood very still and just waited for the bear to look the other way and she made it to her door. He happen to be on a rock pile in her yard and went around to the other side and that's how she could get to the door. This was her second bear run in since her husband died a few months ago.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.

moonlake (author) from America on July 22, 2013:

tsmog (Tim) Thank you for stopping by I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

moonlake (author) from America on July 22, 2013:

tillsontitan, Thank you for the share and for stopping back by.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on July 22, 2013:

Read your article with interest.

I love hiking with my dog (a 100 pounds, 29 inch tall at the withers Kuvasz) and slowly and gradually I am touching bear country now. I am always worried about encountering a bear, although experts told me long time ago that hiking with a leashed dog with bells on is already my biggest defense mechanism. However, I am thinking of carrying a bear spray with me now.

Your article has definitely endorsed the viewpoint of several other experts on bear-human conflict.

Voted up.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on July 22, 2013:

Great article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and viewing the videos. Thank you for brightening up the day moonlake . . .

tim

Mary Craig from New York on July 22, 2013:

The share is back so I shared :)

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2013:

Peyton Walker, I hope I never run into a bear I hope I see it before I ever step out the door. Thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2013:

DREAM ON, Your welcome thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2013:

tillsontitan, Thank you for stopping by. Bears are interesting to watch, as long as we don't get close. Thanks for the vote. I don't know why the share didn't show up. It there today I've been gone so haven't been on any of my hubs.

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2013:

Au fait, Wausau had a bear in the Riverview school yard a few years ago they couldn't let the kids outside. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the share and pin.

moonlake (author) from America on July 21, 2013:

Paul Kuehn, Thank you for sharing, vote, pin, tweet, and facebook. We are just use to it. It's where we live and have lived for years. There are bears here no matter where you live in the northwoods.

Peyton Walker on July 18, 2013:

I can't I've ever had a run in with a bear, but I love the pictures you took!

Mary Craig from New York on July 14, 2013:

I think your pictures were great. Having bears in your backyard and having the presence of mind to take the pictures makes them that much more special.

Your tales about the bears are interesting and educational. Bears are showing up more and more as their habitat disappears for housing and stores. Great topic Moonlake and great photos.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting..and tried to share but the option wasn't available.

DREAM ON on July 13, 2013:

Incredible pics and video.That is the closest I ever want come to a black bear.So powerful and dangerous.Reading your hub so many people so lucky to be alive.Thanx for sharing have a great day.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 13, 2013:

So many people have trouble with large wild animals in their yards nowadays. You hear about it in the news every so often. My sister lives just a few miles outside of Wausau and they have had wild turkeys, dear, and even a bear a couple of times in their yard.

Came back to pin this hub to my 'Wild Animals' board and will share with my followers too. Your pictures are great.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on July 12, 2013:

moonlake,

This is an awesome hub, and I have learned so much about black bears. I would really be afraid to live where you do. Your pictures and videos are super. Thanks for sharing a great hub! Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

moonlake (author) from America on May 28, 2013:

Indian Chef, They are fun to watch and it is nice we still see them around. We just have to be extra careful. Thank you so much for stopping by, vote and for the sharing. I appreciate it.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 28, 2013:

This hub of yours made me remember my childhood when we had these black bears in India in abundance. Even we would have some guys who would make them dance on streets to earn their live hoods. But now they are not enough in India. What a lovely site it must be to see them roaming in wild though i must agree it must be very difficult for those who live there. Voting it up and sharing on hubpages.

moonlake (author) from America on March 19, 2013:

Lioness, We would never do that but I appreciate you stopping by and giving your opinion, many people feel the way you do.

Lioness on March 19, 2013:

How to take care of bears: Shoot, shovel, and shut up! It works amazingly well ;)

Great Hub.

moonlake (author) from America on March 12, 2013:

Insightful Tiger, Right now we don't see the bears but as soon as warm days start they will be back in the yard looking for food. Thanks so much for the vote and stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on March 12, 2013:

rajan jolly, They can be scary, most of the time they won't bother anyone. We do get female bears in our yard with little ones and we would not like to walk out of the house when she is around.

Thanks so much for the vote.

Insightful Tiger on March 12, 2013:

A very interesting hub. The article, pictures, and videos came together nicely. We see bears a lot in Florida too! Thanks for sharing the tips and the touching stories. Voted up.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 11, 2013:

Moonlake, this is an interesting hub but it is scary coming face to face with a bear. Lovely pictures and videos. I think you did a great job.

Voted up and interesting.

moonlake (author) from America on March 06, 2013:

vespawoolf, Thank you for stopping by. They are fun to watch and spring will come soon and they will be back.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

Wow, how did I miss this Hub? You live in a beautiful place! I think the bear photos are great. I know they're not art quality, but you were taking them out of your backdoor! Amazing! How sad your daughter's friend was mauled but thankfully they got to her in time. That was also a sad story about the baby bear. I hope he was taken care of.

moonlake (author) from America on February 18, 2013:

techhound, It's exciting to see a bear. I bet she wished she had a camera near by. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

techhound on February 16, 2013:

About 10 years ago, my wife put out bird feed in the spring. She was looking out the window shortly thereafter, and saw what at first looked to be big dog eating something in our yard. Upon further inspection (inside of course) she say that it was a bear and it had brought down our bird feeder. Since bears hibernate, they wake up in the spring very hungry. They will eat just about anything. They have gone through neighbors' garbage, etc.

moonlake (author) from America on February 16, 2013:

mperrottet, Your right they are dangerous but we live where they live. When we live in the north like this there is going to be wildlife. Thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on February 16, 2013:

Jane Holmes, We love seeing them too. When spring comes bears are in and out of the yard they're up and about and searching for food. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

moonlake (author) from America on February 16, 2013:

Vinaya Ghimire, Taking pictures of them can be fun but I have to be very carful. I would never step outside with the big bears. I did go outside to take the baby bear picture. He was up the tree beside our deck but every time he would see me he would come down crying and I would have to step back in the door.

You should give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

moonlake (author) from America on February 16, 2013:

Peggy W, We are careful of them. They will come into the yard without us knowing it until we look out the window and there they are. Our dog usually knows and he will start to growl. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote and sharing.

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on February 16, 2013:

I really would be afraid to have these bears roaming around like you do. They can be so dangerous, as your stories indicate. Voted up, useful and interesting.

Jane Holmes on February 16, 2013:

Hi Moonlake,

What a great hub! We have black bears too, and I love them and enjoy photographing them. Keep up the good work!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on February 15, 2013:

It does not matter if your shots are technically, what matters is you actually took these pictures.

Black bears also visit my farm especially during corn season. But I have never tried to capture them. Perhaps,I should give a try.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2013:

Wow! This is amazing having bears roaming free in your backyard. Obviously you take good precautions so as not to interfere with the natural order of things. Great photos and videos. Up, useful, interesting votes and will share.

moonlake (author) from America on January 06, 2013:

Au fait, We're use to the wild life. I know in Wausau they had a bear in the school yard and had to keep the kids in until the bear wondered off. Thanks for the vote and the the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 05, 2013:

Seems like it would be scary to live where you might walk out of your house at any time night or day and there would be a bear. Very interesting hub. I think your pictures get the point across and for being taken through a window, they've come out quite good. Videos were interesting too.

I have a sister who lives in Marathon WI (near Wausau) and they have all kinds of wildlife in their yard. She's mentioned the occasional bear too, I think.

Voted up and BAUI. Will share.

independentminded on March 31, 2012:

Hi, moonlake. You're welcome. Thanks for your input.

moonlake (author) from America on March 31, 2012:

independentminded, I agree and thanks again for stopping by.

independentminded on March 31, 2012:

You're welcome, moonlake. You're right about too many people being trustful of bears and other wild animals. They've either got no respect for wildlife, or they're naïve and unaware. While it's true that if one doesn't bother wild animals, they won't be bothered, it's also true that, as many more people opt to go hiking and/or camping, or take up residence in wilderness that's inhabited by bears and other wild animals, the chances of an unfortunate bear-human encounter go up...by a lot.

moonlake (author) from America on March 31, 2012:

independentminded, Me too I would hate to see him dead. To many people trust bears and think if you don't bother them they won't bother you. That is true most of the time but not always. Thanks again for stopping by.

independentminded on March 31, 2012:

No, I didn't see that story, moonlake. Thanks for the heads up.

I think it would be a shame if the bears and other wild animals became extinct, but there has to be a happy medium regarding humans and wild animals co-existing with each other. I also hope the other guy living with grizzly bears is safe and doesn't end up dead.

moonlake (author) from America on March 30, 2012:

independentminded, I have seen the Grizzly Man and now there is another man living with grizzly bears. I told my husband the other day I bet that man ends up dead too. We love the bears, but we do worry about them. Their wild animals and not safe. Did you see on tv where a cougar attacked a man and the bear attacked the cougar and ran him off. A fascinating story.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

independentminded on March 30, 2012:

It's a drag to say this, but as more and more people either choose to go hiking through, or take up residence in what are known as unspoiled wooded areas, these bear-human incidents have increased. A lot of people don't have enough respect for the bears and other wild animals, and, often enough, it's backfired..hideously. Has anyone ever seen the documentary movie "Grizzly Man". The ending, where the man who lived very close to the grizzlies ended up getting killed and eaten by a grizzly bear, is an excellent example of that, and should be a lesson to those who do choose to hike through and/or take up residence in known bear country.

moonlake (author) from America on July 27, 2011:

sagebruch_mama, Thanks, for stopping by. Your right to close for comfort.

sagebrush_mama from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound! on July 27, 2011:

Oh, my goodness! Great pics, but too close for comfort! Wildlife adventure of that sort, I'd forego!

moonlake (author) from America on May 16, 2011:

Mrs. Menagerie,Thanks for stopping by my hub.

A bear has already been in our yard and tore down a bird feeder that had nothing in it. We don't feed the birds this time of year. I want to put out my hummingbird feeders but I'm even worried about doing that.

Mrs. Menagerie from The Zoo on May 16, 2011:

Great photos! Be careful, yikes!

moonlake (author) from America on April 21, 2011:

Danetl, Thanks for stopping by my hub.

Danietl from Porter, Maine on April 21, 2011:

I have seen bears in the wild and up close even stupid people feeding them at a dump in northern maine. I'll soon write a hub about it. Great pics and thx for stopping by my Genealogy hub

moonlake (author) from America on October 25, 2010:

We had a baby bear here today. This years cub.

moonlake (author) from America on October 23, 2010:

Our dogs have never been attacked by bears but other dogs in our area have been. For the most part the bears will run away but the bear in the top picture to close to us and not worried when we yelled at him or worried about our cat coming near him.

Thanks for stopping by my hub.

Jackieminnesota on October 20, 2010:

Interesting article I came across on the internet.

I am so glad your dogs are ok and no human did get hurt.

I always watch the bears on Ely minnesota website.

I guess there are two different opinions on bears, good and bad.

We have had them here but not close to the house.

And if there was one attacking my dogs you can bet my hubby and I would have rifles to shoot them.

Exactly how we get rid of coyotes and fox.

We do not tolerate aggressive animals here.

moonlake (author) from America on September 12, 2010:

MyMastiffPuppies thanks for stopping by and leaving comment. Bears are pretty thick around here. Almost everyday I hear that someone else has come close to one.

MyMastiffPuppies on September 05, 2010:

I have never ran into one personally but there have been recent sitings in a neighboring county. I live in Northeast Alabama and they are not normally in this area but I am sure they are on the move from areas they are being ran out of. Really good info in your hub thanks for sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on September 03, 2010:

love2scrap thanks for stopping by my hub. Blackberries are ready here and a friend of ours was way off from his house picking berries the other day and looked up and there stood a big black bear. He said he didn't move just stood there hoping the bear would wonder off and it did. He said now he carries a gun to berry pick.

love2scrap on August 29, 2010:

Thanks for sharing! Your hub is very interesting. Bears are not something we have to worry about around here but it's always good to learn about them for when we travel. :)

moonlake (author) from America on July 28, 2010:

Your welcome. One thing if you always have your dogs with you while outside the bear is more likely to pay more attention to them then you. Your dogs will always bark when one is around they seem to be able to smell them right away. I guess this kind of wild life is all part of living in the woods.

Shawna on July 27, 2010:

Thanks Moonlake. I am going to start feeding the chickens from a sealed portable bin that I can carry back into the house or garage instead of on the ground. I did report it to the BC Ministry Of Environment & they said if it comes back to call & they will come. I feed the dogs in the house but our garbage cans are right on our deck and not sealed enough so I have to figure that out as well. I'll never forget that thing lookin' at me...Just gives me shivers. We have 2 of them that hang around every summer deep into the forest that we can see while driving by but no-one seems to mind them. My husband has seen a bear on the other side of our property a few months ago so I don't know if it's the same one & this is his territory or what. He grew up in Banff with his dad being the Park Warden so he's used to bears but he works out of town so much and I'm alone so it's damn scary lol I love it out here in the woods but not sure I want to stay if it keeps happening. Thanks for listening :>

moonlake (author) from America on July 27, 2010:

Shawna, Here if the bears get to out of hand coming into a yard with children the DNR will come and trap it and move it. I think even then the bear has to show up three times now this is what I have heard from friends that had trouble with a black bear.

The best thing to do to find out, call the Sheriff's Dept. or your wild life warden see what they say.

Make as much noise as you can from inside the house to get it to leave. Their pretty brave and most of the time they may wonder off but may be sticking around close. He's after something in your chicken yard "CHICKEN." I don't hear about people having problems with them getting into their chicken houses around here. He may be after the feed your giving the chickens.

We can't put any seed out anymore and they go after that and after our hummingbird feeder. They will also go after the dog food. I like to feed my dogs outside in the summer but have to bring in any left over food.

You really don't want your dogs going after him because he will mess them up..Good luck with your big guy.

Shawna on July 25, 2010:

I am terrified. I woke to find a huge black bear 10 feet from my door hovering around our chicken coop. My 2 dogs barked at it and I started screaming to get them in the house. The bear slowly went into the bushes and my dogs took after it. I kept screaming until they came in the house. It was huge! I am terrified because I know they are out here and I live close to Port Alberni where the 2 men were attacked by a black bear. I don't know who to call or if he will come back??? Any suggestions? My husband works in Alberta & I am alone here most of the time. Should I get another dog??? Help!!!!!!

moonlake (author) from America on February 08, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by leaving a comment. I always worry about stepping outside and running into a bear. We have dogs but their in most of the time. We always worry about letting them out a bear with cubs would attack them right away. Most bears run away but sometimes they don't.

Art 4 Life from in the middle of nowhere.... on February 07, 2010:

I too, have bears in my backyard...I enjoyed your hub, very informative...I have to really watch for bears where I live, but my dogs outside keep them at bay...thanks for the article...good writing!

moonlake (author) from America on June 16, 2009:

He does think he's tough, he also tries to run the deer out of the yard. Thanks for signing my hub.

dawei888 on June 12, 2009:

Hi! We also have bears in our area of the USA. It's pretty smart that you took your pics from inside and not out! Funny how your cat thinks he/she is just as tough as the big bear! Cheers, -dawei888 :-)

moonlake (author) from America on May 09, 2009:

Thanks Dolores Monet for stopping by. The bear has already been in the yard this year and tore down another feeder. We have one feeder left way up in a tree to get to it he will have to hang from a string. I don't think he'll do that.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 06, 2009:

I love wildlife and the idea of bears in the area but damn if I'd want one in the yard and sure would miss feeding the birds. We had a bear invade our camp and he ate up all our Little Debbies. And the peanut butter too. I guess it was our fault.

Great pix, thanks for sharing, moonlake.

moonlake (author) from America on February 21, 2009:

I don't mind them if they stay away from my yard but I really don't like them coming in the yard.

Thanks k@ri for stopping by.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on February 21, 2009:

Very interesting article. I do not think I would like to see a bear up close!