A bear visit

The neighbor’s apricots are nearly ripe, and a yearling bear has been hanging around hoping to harvest them.  They’re using lights, radios, air horns, and electricity to try and keep the bear away from the apricots. 


I heard the air horn go off, and saw this little cutie sitting under a ponderosa, wondering what to do next.  He doesn’t like me getting so close to him, especially after having his ears rattled by the air horn,


so although I’ve been telling him what a good nice bear he is, he climbs straight up the tree. 


He’s more of a tree scamperer than a tree climber, and went high into the ponderosa with a flick of his little bear tail. 


I went to get Bob, thinking it’d take a while for the bear to get down from the tree, but when we came back the bear was already on another adventure,


taking a bath in the ditch!  He’s sitting down with his feet splayed out, ploshing the water with his paws.   I don’t know if you can see how dear he is, but this guy has the same sweet-heartedness as a teenaged boy–I want to hug him and feed him.


Good luck with the apricots, buddy. 


And watch out.  It’s a dangerous world out there. 

87 Responses to “A bear visit”

  1. 1 Mistergee

    Alice, I love this post. Is this a a bear that will become dangerous to you and yours? He sure is cooperative with you and the camera. Love it!

  2. 2 Alice

    These black bears are mostly afraid of people–they’d be killed if they weren’t (Rule #1: when they charge, you should make yourself big). Yesterday a neighbor passing by saw me walking from the barn to the house as a bear slipped over the fence on the other side of the house, walked along our porch and went over the fence to the forest. The door was open, but he didn’t come in. Bears make a mess in the house: they tear apart the kitchen and smear the walls with poop. Around here, bears know how to open car doors and lever handles, some of them understand refrigerators as well. Bob thinks we should think about changing two exterior doors to round handles, but since it’s usually propped open I don’t see the point.

  3. 3 tina c

    He sure looks cute and cuddly (from afar), but I think I’d keep my distance! Hope to see some photos of him eating an apricot or two.

  4. 4 Merry

    Nice post. So WILD!

  5. 5 MV Pat

    Oh my gosh! He’s ADORABLE!Of course then, he is not in MY backyard! Great photos and post Alice! Hope to see more photos! What did Gracie think?

  6. 6 Alice

    Gracie sat nearby and looked at the bear, and listened to me tell him what a nice good bear he was. They’re both half grown, and might have played together if I wasn’t around. We trained Jessie to chase bears, but for now we’re having Gracie leave them alone.

  7. 7 Barb

    As cute as this bear is, won’t he get to be a very BIG bear (and a whole lot scarier?) Is the mother bear around somewhere, or is this cub on his own now?

    No bears around here, but then. . . no apricot trees either (sigh!)

  8. 8 Alice

    Barb, this little guy was born last summer, and has been on his own for a while. He’s maybe 100 lbs now (given that Gracie is 63).

  9. 9 Allie

    Amazing how big a little bear cub grows in just a year. And he’s obviously a hungry little guy - looking longingly for apricots. I hope he has enough fear of people - and is low on curiosity to stay out of the house! Great post! Alice in Texas

  10. 10 Marisa

    What a cute little bear! Do you see bears often?

  11. 11 Alice

    Marisa, we see them often this time of year, but they don’t usually hang around to pose.

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