Friday, June 3, 2011

Eastern Black Bear sighting!

Late afternoon yesterday, I noticed that the seed feeder was pulled down on its side.  I remarked half-joking, to my gardening companion, who had been at his table downstairs busily working, "hey, I think a bear's knocked down the bird feeder.  Surely, you'd have noticed, I said."  He said, "sure, I'd have noticed that and went outside to check the feeder."

That's when he saw the culprit, a young male black bear, who'd had an excellent snack, washed down with the sugar water in the adjacent hummingbird feeder, disappearing back down the ravine.

I didn't manage to get my camera in time, but we did have a good laugh about his not noticing that a bear was at the bird feeder basically just a stone's throw from the windows!

In the mountains of North Carolina, black bear populations are high enough that young bears (usually males) sometimes wander into urban areas.  We're close to downtown Asheville here in the mountains, so it seems pretty amazing to see a bear this close.

A young bear two summers ago at our feeder
Here's a link to our last backyard bear sighting in July, 2009.


  1. Wow, that is amazing and a little scary too!

  2. I saw a news piece on TV about a bear a couple weeks ago. It was in a neighborhood near a few schools. The bear turned out to be a young one, like your sighting. Amazing!

  3. Lisa,
    Very cool, but never a good thing to happen in the garden. Meg's ex lives in Alamance County, a bear destroyed his bee hive about two weeks ago.

  4. Well, we're bringing the bird feeder in overnight now, and would like to discourage this fellow from hanging around (our ravine and back garden is really NOT good bear habitat this close to town).

    He scuffled around in the leaf litter last night, in addition to scarfing up more seeds. Apparently developing onions and beets weren't of interest!



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