Occasional visitors to our yard, porch and bird feeders. Big boy smelling flowers where feeder used to be and tagged smaller one.
They expect the bear population to double in CT in the next 10years. They're bold around here and have attacked livestock and pets. The DEP is considering a controlled hunt to curb the population like they do in New Jersey. A big bear one summer night was standing at my glass kitchen slider looking in when my dog woke me. When I walk the dog at night I usually carry the 357mag just in case. They've always been easy to scare off but I wouldn't bet my life on it.They had a vote here a few years ago and they banned hunting bears and cougars with hounds, since then the populations of both have exploded.
It's heavily wooded here so a family of foxes again this year in the backyard as well as coyotes, turkeys, red tail hawks, Great Horned owls, occasional bears and other assorted creatures. It keeps my dog on her toes constantly looking out the back door. She scared one off the porch one hot summer night that left tracks up to our sliding glass door. Granny has a valid point about them being potentially dangerous. You can't out run, out swim or out climb them them. It's pretty amazing how agile and fast they are for a bulky looking animal. My biggest concern is one getting into the house which has happened to some folks. I really don't want to harm one but walking the dog at night I carry a 357 in case one got aggressive. Every one so far has run off when I make some noise.Wow, they are very nice! Do you live near the forest?
You are setting yourself and your neighbors up for a tragedy if you keep feeding that wild and dangerous animal. Our police department is adamant about telling people to not have anything at all out where bears can get to it, and that includes bird feeders and garbage cans! People think that if they keep dog food or bird seed on the porch or deck in a plastic tub with a lid that it will be safe. It is NOT!He dropped by this morning and dropped his calling card on the front lawn. Holy crap. Emptied the bird feeder and knocked over garbage can on the porch.. He's a big boy and just licks the feeder empty without taking it down. Glad I closed the garage door last night.