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  •  Only an occasional problem, so far (4+ / 0-)

    Someone says they think the bear hibernates in my willow thicket, but I don't think so.  I've been pretty deep in it (and it's not that big) and I've seen no sign of that.

    I do have a coyote den.  I've kinda concluded from my own observation that bears maybe give the coyotes a little bit of a berth.  I could be wrong on that, but it's my working hypothesis.  I've only found a print once, in over a decade.  And even droppings, not even once a year.

    Other sightings & sign I've heard about make me think that they mebbe really don't come by my place that often.  Hardly ever.  I did have a few words with a neighbor who was keeping their dog food outside.  Some shit's just stoooooopid!

    Life near the edge of the public forest!

    What do we make of the contrast between heroic teachers who stand up to a gunman and craven, feckless politicians who won’t stand up to the N.R.A.? -- Nicholas Kristof, NYT --

    by Land of Enchantment on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:51:48 PM PST

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    •  Coyotes would very likely do it. (1+ / 0-)
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      And you could take some of the practical land and wildlife management here to use for ideas. Is there a wildlife office for the forest? Or a state/university department. Basically I would check whatever you can find out about the coyotes. They can be very good animals to have around. They eat rodents mostly- have been moving into urban areas and cutting down rat populations. The biggest problem with it is people are afraid of them and want to disturb them enough to leave. The city animal people are working to get them accepted because of the major improvement in rat infestations!

      Possibly something as simple as maintaining a clean water source could assure they stick around. Probably should be situated so the access is too small for the bear. That's mostly what the bears don't like - any other animal that is big enough and active enough to 'cross paths'. They are very anti social... Not often fighters, just leave.

      I also doubt the willow. Check with the wildlife folks. If it is possible and you can get in it, they could suggest something to leave that would discourage them.  Red pepper comes to mind... might be too much ;)

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:04:19 PM PST

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