The Great Bird Feeder Massacre of 2014, Part 3

I got all excited as I walked back to check the cameras. There was bear track everywhere, and he was headed right for them. I was even more excited when I saw that he walked right at the first camera. I was a little disappointed when I got to the second camera because he literally brushed up against the tree it was on, but he never stepped in front of it.

Bear Track

Bear Track

When I checked the card on camera #1, all you can see are his eyes coming right at you. The lens was all fogged up from the rain! Life lesson…wipe the lens with an anti-fogging wipe!

The snow was still over 24″ in many places. The bear walked on my snowshoe trail whenever he could, like the fox, so as not to sink down in the snow. There were many places where he was dragging his belly.

Another sign of spring…the snow fleas are out.

Snow Fleas

Snow Fleas

I watched the J.E. bear videos, and I think there is a very good chance that the bear in “Big Black Bear at Buck Knob” is our visitor for two reasons.

First, because of the similarity in size, but with the weight loss over the winter, it could actually be the bigger one.

Second is the color of his muzzle. On most bears it is noticeably tan to light brown. On last night’s bear, it was barely visible it was so dark.

The smaller of the two big bears in the videos was darker too…almost grey. Unfortunately the big bear’s muzzle is not visible at all.

Bear at Buck Knob

Bear at Buck Knob

I’m going to put a camera on the compost pile tonight.

WLAGS

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