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    Quote Originally Posted by ides1056 View Post
    Local saying: a fed bear is a dead bear. Feed chickens and they will run toward you when they see you. Bears aren't stupid.
    I agree. And with weather changes, they are waking up unpredictably. One of the local biologists had a bear showing up on his game camera one mountain ridge north of here all winter long. Only at night, but he was definitely awake.
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    This critter was tear-assing around. Most of the photos are a blur. Thinking mink but hard to gauge size. There is a chunk of wood in the photo that is about 19" and the animal is about that I think. Minks are supposed to be 13-18". Fishers are more like 30-36". I need to put a yard stick in the scene. An otter showed up in the photos the other day as well, but this isn't an otter. Otters are about the same size as fishers but slender and with long neck and a longer tail in proportion to the body The otter has been coming down the slope between 1PM and 3PM and diving into the water, but I haven't gotten a close up yet.







    Amazing what happens when you shut down destructive activities on a piece of land.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Amazing what happens when you shut down destructive activities on a piece of land.
    To say nothing of an entire planet...

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    Someone got a nice new coat for spring!


    So heyhillsdale reposted a bear picture on Instagram. My wife inquired of the original photographer what road the pic was taken on.

    Wanna guess the reply?

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    So heyhillsdale reposted a bear picture on Instagram. My wife inquired of the original photographer what road the pic was taken on.

    Wanna guess the reply?

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    Hah! Was it Collins St?

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    Hah! Was it Collins St?
    of course...we both had to chuckle

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    The first year we owned the land, we had a bumper crop of blackberries. Raspberries too, but the blackberries were off the charts. We had to walk over a little rise to get to the patch, and one time this giant bowling ball jumped up and ran off into the woods. We started clapping each time we went picking, so at least the bowling ball was gone by the time we got up there.

    We haven't had as good a berry crop since. Raspberries were pretty good last year, but this year we've cut down most of them to prepare for creating patches that are easier to manage instead of a massive bramble of mysterious contents. Which means we'll have them in the fall which means we are likely to have bears fattening up for winter. More clapping.
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/u...gtype=Homepage

    This amounts to a stupid human trick. Bear does what bears do and humans shoot it and yep, discover bears do what bears do. He did not get to be that large and old being stupid. Just out of hibernation with a few months' hunger to work off, you'd expect he might be a bit cranky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ides1056 View Post
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/u...gtype=Homepage

    This amounts to a stupid human trick. Bear does what bears do and humans shoot it and yep, discover bears do what bears do. He did not get to be that large and old being stupid. Just out of hibernation with a few months' hunger to work off, you'd expect he might be a bit cranky.
    Reminds me of the polar bears at the Bronx zoo (I think.) A couple kids got into the zoo late at night and went swimming in the polar bear pool. Polar bears woke up and killed them. Police arrived and killed the bears. Kids were already dead. Why kill the bears?

    Even worse when it happens in Yellowstone. I mean bears are not an unexpected presence. But when land becomes money...
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    Pretty excited about this one. The otter seems to have taken up residence somewhere on our property, and it uses one of our new paths as a sliding board down into the water. This is the best photo of many really bad ones. I now have some comparative measurements worked out with nearby logs, and the otter is about 28-30" long.



    I think the original mystery animal that started this thread was a mink. Scale is difficult to establish, but fishers and otters are in the same size range with fishers a bit larger on average. None of the original photos were animals that large.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    it uses one of our new paths as a sliding board down into the water.
    Jorn, you need to get one of these and prop up the end with a few logs to see if they use it too:


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