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Old Jun 28, 2007, 6:36 PM   #11
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just goes to show, behind every picture there is a story :-)
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Old Jun 28, 2007, 6:42 PM   #12
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Don't we all enjoy picture shows? Thanks all for looking and commenting.
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Old Jun 28, 2007, 9:16 PM   #13
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Precious pictures and an engaging narrative - thank you very much for posting this, JDar.

We usually have one or two black bear sightings per year in my neighborhood, but I have yet to get a halfway decent shot.
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Old Jun 28, 2007, 10:58 PM   #14
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flippedgazelle, thanks for appreciating the shots of these gentle black bears.
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 1:40 AM   #15
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Great serieswhich makes a brief documentary

As royce10has pointed out, the danger wasreal! We know that even a hen wouldhardly retreatin such a stuation...Oh, btw, these bear cubs are sooo cute!
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 6:01 AM   #16
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Great pictures,, WOW how close were you to thebear i'm supprised you didn't drop your camera and run like heck, those bear cubs are cute
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 7:43 AM   #17
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bahadir and hercules, thanks for stopping by, looking, and commenting. Walking out of the garage and being a few feet from a bear isn't common, but seeing bears in the area is a weekly occurrence. Feeding birds becomes a mixed blessing because the bears want some of the same foods, especially peanuts, sunflower seeds, and sugar water. The bears experienced in raiding feeders will usually keep eating if a person is ten feet away watching or taking pictures.

The mom and cubs yesterday were skittish and wanted to leave. It is well considered to stay away from the mom and cubs, but usually their first reaction is flight, not fight. Black bears usually exhibit all sorts of signs that they are stressed if humans approach too closely, such as strong exhalation of breath or (a stronger sign) stamping of the front feet.

People who are trail riding and encounter bears say neither horse nor bear pay each other any attention, although it's exciting for the tourist rider.
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 8:05 AM   #18
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Black bears are very common here also, but I will stick with my original post about getting close to a mom and her cube. I see them almost every day and 99% of the time they run away, but then there is the 1% that could be a problem.

I had one attack my dog the other day and I had to chase it away with a 30-06 to get it to back off.

Nice shots!

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Great action series. You done did gooood.



TOTALLY WACKY roger

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Old Jun 29, 2007, 10:43 AM   #20
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Thanks, Roger. You must be no stranger to black bears in your area.

ennacac, I totally agree with your admonition about bears and their cubs. With any wild animal there is always that chance for a bad encounter.

I had a bad encounter with an aggressive domestic dog a week ago and wished for a 30-06 myself. Bears are such keen observers of human behavior that I'm trusting them recently more than dogs.
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