|Is this my bear? What, are you crazy? Do you think I was hanging around taking photos?|
If it had been an alligator, I would have known exactly what to do. The odds of that are slim, though. Although, I did come home several months ago to a five-foot snake (at least) draped across my front sidewalk! You can read about that adventure here. There are photos of this one.
We are used to deer visiting us, too. They have gotten very comfortable with us. You can see a photo and read about that here.
We also served as the Coyote General Birthing Center for several seasons. It made for interesting noise when an ambulance came in or out of the hospital. One night one of the adult coyotes came right at my son and I on the porch. We happened to have a blank gun lying there from target practicing, and the blanks didn't even faze the animal. So we high-tailed it in the house.
We kind of got accustomed to them, but never comfortable. I still think coyotes are the most creepy animals I have ever seen. One deer-sized one was in the driveway and peered in the car at my daughter and I, sizing us up. YIKES!
With all this "LIVE-ACTION," we have never had a bear. We figured they were out there. ( I also figure that Bigfoot is out there on this mountain where we live in the middle of the city.) The nearby hospital had captured one on the video cam at the Emergency Room door. (A black bear, unfortunately, not a Bigfoot.) So unless it rode the bus in, it probably crossed our way.
Last night, I heard something in the driveway. It sounded like a door closing, and I thought perhaps it was someone stealing a car. (Goodness, we sure have enough of them in the driveway to choose from right now! If you are interested, I will leave them unlocked!) I hollered loudly for my husband who was in the den, but he didn't hear me. (He says...often.)
Apparently, little Smoky was searching for dinner in our trash can. Bears are very smart. Whether you have food out there or not, they have learned in their lifetime that food is served in big plastic containers on wheels.
So, today I left to run an errand, and as I sauntered down the front steps, I felt uncomfortable. It felt like something was watching me. You read about people feeling that way in murder mysteries, but today, for the first time, I felt it.
I thought it was probably the group of deer who live here. I had mentioned to my husband that they probably have watched us more than we have watched them. I quickly got in the car and left, forgetting all about it.
By the time I got home, I was tired. I had my hands full, going up the long front steps across the front yard. Suddenly, I heard something big breaking branches, and I looked, expecting a deer. It was too loud, though --too heavy. And it was black! At first, I thought it was our black lab, as it clamored over the split rail fence, and then I realized it was way too big for Max. And Max is always inside. ( I mean, if he were outside, climbing over a split rail fence is a bit too much exertion for Max.)
By the time my eyes cleared enough to tell my brain what it was seeing, the thing clumsily stumbled down the front hill into the wooded part of the yard.
Of course, I was frantically trying to get my key in the door!
|Jessie Wilcox Smith|
I frantically called my husband to tell him to be careful when he got home from work. I dialed and redialed until I got him. (Although he has ticked me off a few times this weekend, I don't want him to get eaten by a bear.) O.K., yes I know black bears don't eat people. But they will kill you!
When he did get here, he paraded around the house shaking his head that it wasn't here...I knew it, I knew it. I shall risk my life for the photo next time!
Have you seen that FACEBOOK meme?
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, except bears. Bears will kill you!"
I would have told him what to do in the event of a Black Bear attack...but I wasn't sure. Maybe, grab it's tail and hope it doesn't go into a death roll?
Love, Laughter, and Living on the edge!