We had a visitor the other night and we all got scared!
The woods next to and behind our shelter.
Our screen porch.
Mom and Pop had gone to bed. Pop woke up after midnight cuz he heard a noise outside. He flipped on the back light and saw a black bear rummaging thru our recyclables. He was a young yearling male - not real big but big enough. He went into the woods when the light came on.
The beans went back to bed and then Pop heard more noise - this time next to our shelter's screen porch. Mom put on all the lights in the house but we don't have any for the side yard where we are so Pop went outside banging pots and pans and throwing his golf balls to scare the bear away from us. With only a flashlight, he could hardly see as it was so dark. Mom was worried about Pop and thought after she should have pressed the car alarm and scared the bar off that way.
Pop thought the bear went away again and he checked our porch to make sure it was OK. They both went back to bed, putting all the inside lights off but leaving the outside ones on. Mom couldn't sleep cuz she was so worried about us and when it was daylight enough to see she went outside to see if we were still OK. She was upset at what she saw - the bear must have come back again and clawed and ripped all the screen down on the front and side of the porch. Pop had nailed hog wire up under the screen to keep us in and critters out - it worked. The bear bent the wire with his paws or mouth but not enough to get in or for us to get out. He was trying to get at the bowl of dry food on the table.
Pop put the screen back up right away so Mom did not get a picture of the mess the bear made but you can still see the rips and bent bars wire and muddy paw prints on the screen.
We were all hiding and scared to come out even when Mom came inside. Poor Al was way in the back room under a chair and was shaking. Mom carried him out and sat with him on her lap to let him know it was OK. He is deaf so he may not have heard the bear but saw him and was surprised!
Pop stapled all the screen back up and Mom put tape on the holes for now. Pop also screwed boards over the middle of the screen frame to keep the bear from pulling it down. They put bags of empty aluminum cans next to the screen so if the bear comes back we can hear him and maybe the noise will scare him too. We will not have food in the outside area for a while now - and Mom took in all the bird feeders too. No food - no bear! I hope we don't see anymore bears. That was so scary for us.
Mom said there have been more bear cubs born this year and so that means more bears looking for the same amount of food. We are sorry for the bears but don't want to share our food! Be careful if you live in bear lands!
Oh My .. how scary ... glad you are all ok and that everything is repaired ... I don't mind bears but I want them to stay in their own yards ...
Wow! That is so scary and we understand why your Mom was scared too! Poor Al, we hope he is feeling better today.
OH my goodness!! That is terribul! All we haf to worry abowt ofur heer in Bahama is vishus deers, we sure hope there isn't any bears. Pleez be super careful and put lots of noisy stuff and stinky stuff owt there to scare the bears away.
Finny Buddy & Jasmine
I just fainted.
Oh man, a bear! How very scary that must have been for you guys and mom and pop! Sending all of you comforting vibes!
OMC! Dat sures sounds very very scary for all of you. I hopes dat you are all feeling betters now wif your momma comfortings you.
Holy moly! Bears! We don't have them around here!
That was way too close for comfort! We're glad you are all OK.
Oh, wow! Lucky you have your mom and pop to guard you! Glad that nasty bear didn't get in to get your food (or you)!
Holy mackerel! Bears!! We have bears outside of town, but none close to us!! We are glad you are all okay and calmed down from all the excitiment!
oh my god! that must have been scary for sure! thank you for sharing your experience with all of us at Pet Pride
glad to know that the bear did not harm you guys, thanks to dad and mum you are taken good care of!
Lions and tigers and BEARS....OH MY! And we gets excited over our two little chipmunks!!! Be Beary careful guys!!!
Yikies! That's so skeery. We're glad da bear didn't get through to get the food...or any of you kitties. And very glad da beans are taking such good care of you!
Purrs and hugs,
The Kitty Krew
That must have been so scary for all of you. We're glad that your Mom and Pop know about taking precautions to keep the bear from wanting to come back. Sending purrs to help you guys relax,
Gypsy & Tasha
What an adventure! Glad you guys are OK and your beans are sensible people who planned for this. Way to go! Will you be allowed to sleep in the bed for the next few nights to get over teh shock?
PS we had cookie trouble! All fixed now.
WOW! Poor babies. That would have been scary! Be careful though in case he returns.
We've had two separate black bear sightings here lately - both were crossing the highway. They are around, that's for sure. In past years, we've had one or two wander through - dogs smell them before we see them which is a good thing.
glad you are all ok now pppfffffffff...
It sounds very scary !!
Take care all
Oh you guys we are so glad you are all safe!
The cans in the bag are a good idea!
Wow, that IS scary! I'm glad no bear came after our food! We did have some ants though, but I'll take them over a bear any day! You can read about our ant encounter here: http://karen.pnn.com/articles/show/45483-get-out-of-our-food-ants-by-spunky-doodle
Hi - that is kinda scary, we're glad we don't have any bears where we live. They're great and all, but you just don't want them in your house really, do you?!! Glad you're all okay and that everything is repaired. Tail wags - JD and Max.
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