- Knew it was a bear as it was huge and jet black and really furry!
- Ran down the corridor shouting "there's a bear in the garden!"
Friday, 28 June 2013
Handyman's Encounter with a Black Bear!
Well we had just arrived back from our visit to the ranch when Holly, my daughter-in-law, asked if I could do a little project for her. This involved putting up a curtain rail and hanging some new curtains in my granddaughters bedroom. So an hour later there I was looking for the positions of the timber studs behind the drywall (note the US terminology here) using a powerful magnet to locate the nails (clever stuff). I am up on a pair of steps right by a second floor window when suddenly this huge black shape appears right below me. Fortunately it was the other side of the glass! I immediately:-
The whole family then proceeded to move from room to room tracking the progress of the bear round the house. My son Daniel was trying to get a good photo of it. Anyway we watched it effortlessly pull the door off the compost bin I had built a few years ago, and rearrange the compost! The last we saw of it was it gliding over the top of a five foot fence like black quick silver.
Last summer whilst staying here my respect for the "wild" wild life in the family garden (yard) had risen when a bobcat dropped out of a tree a few feet away from me. Now my respect for garden wild life had reached a whole new level and when outside I find myself looking over my shoulder a lot more!
Well my daughter-in-law has flown off to a three day reunion in Salt Lake City and my son is at work, so Rosalind and I are left in charge of the four children. If they become a bit of a nuisance I shall just say "would you like to go out and play!"