Friday, September 21, 2007

Bears in the Backyard


Bear
Originally uploaded by Facility Bike Club.
We got a call at 5:00 AM from Kristy's mom telling us that there were was a bear in her yard. She lives over on the next street, so we thought we'd have time to let the dogs go the bathroom before we shut up the house. This wasn't the case though! The 4lb Chihuahua ran to the corner of the yard, and then our apple tree started shaking violently! Sugar just treed her first bear! We got the big dog in, but I couldn't catch the little one. I was running laps around the picnic table trying to scoop her up.

I got the camera and wanted to see what I could see. I figured it had to be pretty small to be in our tree. I got the flashlight and the camera and went to the tree. A huge head was peering out of the leaves looking at me! I got my picture and ran back in the house. Not a cub!

Pretty soon the cops arrived and wanted to see the bear. He asked me if I had any food in the house. Uh....is this a trick question? At first I thought he might have been fish and game because of his gun. I thought he was getting ready to shoot the bear out of the tree. He was just using the flashlight though. Good thing. It wasn't a tranq gun...it was a shotgun.

After about a 45 minute standoff, the bear jumped out of the tree, and ran across the yard. Man...it was pretty big! I couldn't get a good picture, because opening the door would let the dogs out. I finally jumped out and got a blurry picture of him hopping the fence to the neighbor's yard.

What a rush! More pictures by following the picture link...

14 comments:

Snakebite said...

Cool!

Jeff said...

The bear adrenaline is wearing off. I'm starting to realize that I missed an hour of sleep. Crap...

Just looked at the back fence. There's fur on the top where the bear climbed over, and a big paw scratch mark where he got traction.

Amazing how the little branches of the apple tree held that bear up there!

Xd said...

Mr.Chocolate! What are you doing in that apple tree? Wait 'til I tell Wizard what you've been up to...

lauren said...

OMG!

look at him in that tree! he looks like a stuffed animal!

that's so exciting. but a little scary too.

i woulda peed in my pants!

Jeff said...

In yesterday's post I mentioned not being scared of bears anymore; however, I was not what you'd call "relaxed" running around in the dark in my pajamas with a bear in the tree! I don't believe I peed though.

Todd said...

Maybe the cop wanted a donut.

I heard you're not supposed to feed them though. You don't want them to keep hanging around.

Jeff said...

The bear was friendlier than the cop. I would have rather shared my food with the bear.

Smudgemo said...

Lucky dog. The bear might have given a new meaning to the question, "Do you want Sugar on that?"

And, please. If a guy with a shotgun asks you if you have food in the house, you ask if he'd prefer to eat in or carry out.

Marcus said...

I think a great response to the cops question of wether or not you had food in the house would have been " Does a bear shit in the woods?" or " We are the cyclists, Mere food does not sustain us" I think that either answer would have made him scratch his head and wonder.

rigtenzin said...

Did you ask the bear how much pressure he keeps in his tires?

oldmanandhisbike said...

Ummm, maybe I will rethink that trip to Carson to ride.
Thanks anyway!
Just kidding.
"We ain't scared a no bears".

Jeff said...

There's some bear hair stuck on the fence. I think I might save it for a Mojo Bag!

Chris said...

Lucky the 4 pound dog didn't end up as an appetizer. That would be like you chasing a 17,000 pound mugger out of your yard.

bluecolnago said...

that's pretty cool!

you could just say "duh" when someone asks such a brilliant question like "do you have food in the house?" wow.