Searching for a name, as surely he has earned one, Yam suggested Æthelred. We'll see how it sits. Lacking name tags, I think it is the same male we've seen. I saw him in the morning, from the front deck a couple of years ago. Then, he's appeared on the trailcam several times.
This most recent video is a compilation of trailcam 30-second shots. First, a porcupine, then Daisy, a raccoon (Butch), and finally, our bear. If you check the time stamp, he ambled along at 12:40, looking for lunch. We have had a fair amount of fruit, berries, and bugs, despite the drought! The wetland had enough water for the spring.
I think he knocked the composter over twice. I have given up on that.
I encountered him first when owl hunting.
Bear went over the mountain from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
So, says Bob of Gilligalou, go out at dusk and listen for the Barred owl chicks. I heard one chick screaming for food. I heard something else in the forest. Quietly, I prayed it was a deer. I watched, with baited breath. When he began to smell me, and look for me, then cross the wetland, I backed up and startled him. He ran like stink, thankfully!
We've had irregularly regular sightings: three years ago: Backyard bear! Clearly a young male!
One year ago:
Bear in the meadow from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
2015 My trailcam was set up down the hill, in the meadow. There has been some action! Bear seemed to go in circles!
These is the most recent sighting in the back yard. This was in May 29th. After I took my photos, I yelled at him and he ambled off past the Bear Crossing sign!
Info about bears: Wise About Bears.