Black bears are a fact of life, especially in Pike County, PA. I’ve lived here my entire life and it was always a treat to see one of them. I have never been able to get a good picture of one, in spite of numerous sightings. They generally move too quickly – believe it or not. They look clumsy and heavy but they can MOVE when they want to. TODAY I was treated to a bear taking a “break” in the woods across from the house. With my new camera & awesome zoom, I was able to capture these pics while he was chillin’.
A few black bears have been regular visitors to my property since we bought this house in 1996. It is not uncommon to see something out of the corner of my eye and there you go…a bear, perhaps with a cub or two, is just ambling along through my yard, if you don’t mind, heading on to some other destination.
Generally, black bears do not want to interact with you. They pretty much have one destiny to fulfill: eat. The theory is, if you give them no reason to stay on your property (i.e., no food) chances are good they won’t stop by your property. This is why I do not leave out bird feeders and why we keep our garbage in our basement until trash day.
Dumpsters, garbage cans, bird feeders (even hummingbird feeders) can attract them. If they are used to getting food by your house, they will continue to visit. If they come by and find no food, they may cause damage to your property looking for some! Bears are cute to observe, but like any wild animal, they can be dangerous and destructive if provoked. Do AVOID attracting them.
Do not feed them no matter how cute it is to see; it won’t be cute when they try to claw their way onto your screen porch or start scratching at your door. Like everything else in nature, they are to be respected, marveled at, and left alone.
For more info on PA’s Black Bears – click here.