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Wildlife - Bear

After heron then racoon now I have a bear. After visiting side yard he went to backyard to play with my Koi. They were covered by bird netting & a solar blanket to keep a tropical fish comfy. Bear stepped on one end of solar blanket & then left.

Bear EYES are all you can see but my dogs say there is more.
Bear LEGS showing
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  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    on Nov 17, 2012

    OHHHH EM GEE!!!! Well, I'm sorry to say, but I think the Heron is getting the last laugh here. You may have shooooed him off to Becky but not before he told alllll his other friends about your pond!! NOW THAT IS WILD - no pun intended!! Have you evr seen bears there or around your area before? That's getting a little scary now!!

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Nov 17, 2012

    @Becky H want a little bear - maybe he will chase the heron?

  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Sherrie S he probably did chase the heron..........all the way over here, because you had a much nicer pond. I cannot believe you have a bear on the prowl!!!!! Have you called the Fresh Water Fish and Game Commission?? Have you alerted your neighbors?? Have you named him..............anything besides Aw.....S**t!??

  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    (@Sherrie S Left you a note under one of the photos.)

  • TaniaC
    TaniaC Fairfield, IL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    Oh Wow I never thought there were Bears in Florida... That's just nuts....

  • Sharron W
    Sharron W Memphis, TN
    on Nov 18, 2012

    Ummmm are you sure that's not a panther?

  • Sharron W
    Sharron W Memphis, TN
    on Nov 18, 2012

    That would scare teh Bejeezes out of me right there...

  • Z
    Z
    on Nov 18, 2012

    Oh yeah. I'd much rather have big bird to deal with than a BEAR! And yes, you need to do all the things Becky H recommended. I had no idea there were bears, or maybe panthers in Florida. I knew they had loads of wildlife, but not those two on the loose.

  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Sharron W - ya know what? I kinda wondered the same thing. At first I thought it was a panther. It is a little hard to tell - but whatever it is, I don't think Miss Sherrie wants to encourage it!!m And if it is a Bear - it sure ain't no Teddy Bear!!

  • Z
    Z
    on Nov 18, 2012

    I just saw where a mountain lion was spotted in Omaha again. That happens now and then since it has wooded areas surrounding creeks that run throughout the city. The mountain lions follow those into the city and wind up in the middle of civilization without realizing it. There's Peacocks in Omaha too. We used to have one in our neighborhood when we lived there.

  • Sharron W
    Sharron W Memphis, TN
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Susan S @Sherrie S Well it "moves" like a panther...and not so much like a bear...

  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Sharron W - well HOW do you know that? It's a still photo?????

  • Sharron W
    Sharron W Memphis, TN
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Becky H Check the picture you commented on, I think you should be able to see the long tail.... @Susan S Click though the pictures quickly, watch how it crosses one foot over into the path and then the other way...it definately has a feline movement about it and then in the one photo it "Looks" like a long tail is extended behind it... In all seriousness, right or wrong that's the feeling I get and I'm really afraid for our Sherrie...I think she needs to contact Fish and game and quickly...

  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Sharron W - The middle pic does look like a long tail but I got my magnifying glass out and to me, with the way his head is turned (still talking about middle pic) the shape looks more bear to me. Also his body looks a little thick to be a 'cat'. Oh, and his right paw is turned in and bears have a tendency to walk pidgeon-toed. So . . . . . who knows???

  • Sharron W
    Sharron W Memphis, TN
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Susan S Either way, it's scary as all get out...but frankly I'm more afraid of a panther than a bear...based on the history of behavior of big cats VS Black bears...so What ever it is, (and she might be able to tell from the tracks tomorrow)....she needs to get the game wardens out to get rid of it... OK, looking again for a long time enlarged to 400% I see what you mean about the profile in the one picture, but in another it looks like the ruff of a bobcat with the ears and all....so I don't know but it really scares me for her and her critters...and I don't want her to fight a bear, or a big cat or even a racoon over her fish...

  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Sharron W - HA!!! I THINK she needs the game warden out there regardless. That kind of wild animal roaming around freely in peoples yards - anybody missing any small animals? Can you imagine if you came outside to do something and ran into whatever it was?

  • Marg C
    Marg C Middletown, NY
    on Nov 18, 2012

    This looks like a Bear cub to me. They're common around here. yikes!!!

  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Sharron W that's really funny when you click thru the pics real fast. It always fascinates me how it makes it look like something is actually walking!!

  • Barb Rosen
    Barb Rosen Wilmington, DE
    on Nov 18, 2012

    Wow!! I had no idea you had bears roaming around in Florida!

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Susan S look at the time on the pics which were taken hundredths of a second apart so you did see him walk. @Sharron W he is not a Grizzly & he is a shy brown bear but I won't try to pet him. @Z it seems the poor things are losing their habitat so they visit us. @Barb Rosen I guess everyone thinks we only have alligators, roaches and related pests. Maybe I need a moat around the pond, too.

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Becky H Yes, I told my neighbors - they have seen a bear or bears before but this is the first time I saw him. I certainly didn't hear the bear but I know my dogs never bark for nothing. @TaniaC I think all animals like our subdivision & it seems nobody here is bothered by the wildlife (except me when the heron ate most of my koi).

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    You need to call Animal Planet, @Sherrie S. I think they could base a new reality TV show on your yard.

  • Pat aka Queen of Thrift
    Pat aka Queen of Thrift Scottsboro, AL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    I have read several newspaper articles about bears showing up in places where they have never been spotted before. We live in the foothills of the Appalachian Chain here in northeast Alabama in the valley of Sand Mountain. Just last week I read in the local newspaper that a lady that lives on that mountain stepped outside with her dog just after dusk and heard a strange growl/howl! She grabbed the dog and ran inside. The next morning she discovered bear paw prints near her deck, just a few yards from where she stood with her dog the night before! This makes chills run up and down my spine. We live in a beautiful cove surrounded by mountains, the nearest and highest being July Mountain. I don't know of bears being spotted there, but I will always be on the lookout!

  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    I think the most common bear we have in Fla. is the black bear. It's not uncommon to drive through small rural towns and see "Beware of the Black Bear" signs alongside the hwys.

  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Sherrie S today I want you to run out and buy a motion sensitive flood light!! 8-) Then, we can get a clearer photo of this pond pounding beastie.

  • Terri J
    Terri J Annapolis, MD
    on Nov 18, 2012

    Sherrie, I believe you hit the nail on the head - with all the development going on everywhere, wildlife are losing their natural habitats. Louckily for me, mine mostly seem to be rabbits and racooms, and live in the suburgs now. I never saw so many rabbts in my years of living in Southern York County! Hope the little guy finds a new home away from yours!

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Nov 18, 2012

    You could always set up a "deterrent" like I did. http://kmswoodworks.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/bring-it-on-yogi/ http://kmswoodworks.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/chalk-one-up-for-the-home-team/ http://kmswoodworks.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/yogi-is-a-persistant-little-cuss/ All in all now we have had about 5-6 bear visits were the deterrent went off. We have also had a few from Rocky Raccoon. A few months ago I got to watch it all happen with the raccoon. Miss Maybelle (Our white husky) alerted us something was up and I was able to peek out the window. I saw Rocky sitting on the garbage can...I saw him try to open it and get the full effect of the "flash bang"...it worked like a charm.

  • TaniaC
    TaniaC Fairfield, IL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @KMS Woodworks That is awesome ...I jumped when it went off LOL! wasn't expecting that Haha!... So I'm Sure it would definitely work on a BEAR or HERON Hehe!!!!!!

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Nov 18, 2012

    all it takes to reload is about 25 grains of black powder, a small tuft of steel wool and a new gatorade jug from the recycle bin.

  • Sherrie S
    Sherrie S Debary, FL
    on Nov 18, 2012

    @Becky H I have motion sensor lights all around the house but they were coming on so many times I've had them shut off for months. I'm going to have them adjusted & back on. Now I know why they were coming on. Who knows what else lurks around here.

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