|The neighborhood bear in action,|
but not at my end of the neighborhood.
(Thanks to my Facebook friend from whom
I've borrowed this pic.)
The good news is that he's disappeared from the public eye since mid-November after raiding a bird feeder nearly a mile down the highway from my neighborhood. He left behind his paw prints in the snow, which someone photographed and published in the local newspaper. I've seen no bear prints back by the pond he likes to frequent. But then the pond has been frozen over since December. I think it's safe to assume that he's hibernating somewhere in his den, which is hopefully located far away from my quiet neighborhood.
I kind of like a bear-free lifestyle. I don't have to worry about a bear surfacing out of the pond, lurking in the woods and wetlands, climbing out of the underbrush along the walking path, or dodging between the houses searching for full bird feeders. It will be interesting to see if he reappears once the snow and ice start to melt in April. One lesson that the bear has taught me (and my apologies to the local birds), don't keep a full bird feeder near your house when there is a hungry bear on the loose.
If anyone does see the bear, please let me know and send me pictures. I'll post them on this blog. Until then, enjoy the winter sans the bear. May he NOT return in the Spring.