by Karlene McCandless on August 13, 2014
Tagged bear quietly enjoying a late night snack off Jeanne D'arc in
Robert T. Kirwan The good thing about the trails around
the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre and other high traffic areas is
that there are so many dogs walking around during the day with their
owners that the bears wouldn't dare try to hide in that area during the
day. They are most likely just using the trails and the streets as paths
that they follow on their route.
Valerie Kirwan As awful as these pictures are, and as
dangerous a situation this can be if a human were to walk around the
corner, I do have to wonder why the blue box was so easily accessible to
the bear :(
Melanie Leblanc-Levac Thats nothing supposedly theirs a
bobcat or lynx hanging around Dugas street. My neighbour took pictures.
Ingrid Podschun Kennedy I live on Dugas and my dog was
barking at something in our yard. I couldn't see anything, but she
smelled something. I don't have garbages out. Hopefully it wasn't the
bear or bobcat.
Melanie Leblanc-Levac I think I saw something bigger then
cat last night. And theres no dogs not tied usually in our
neighbourhood. Im pretty sure it was the linx/bobcat. It went on east
Karlene McCandless These pics were taken around 1:30am on
Leger Cres...the bear was going from house to house to see what was
available. It was kind of amazing to see, because it was calm as a
cucumber just eating away, and then got up and headed over to my
neighbors. Even my dogs just sat in the window watching her.
Jennie Lynch Butt OMG thats on someones patio thats too
close for comfort!
Darlene Ranger A little close for comfort...
Karlene McCandless I was only nervous when she finished
eating and took a look inside. We had our dogs in our hands ready to
make a run for the front door if we needed to! She was happy just to
have had a snack, and
Micheline Jacques-Richer Plastic containers, jars, cans ,
meat foam plates need to be rinsed & cleaned out before throwing in blue
Even crumbs from pizza boxes
:) yummy !
Shannon Allen Might I suggest scaring the bears away when
they come in to our yards, rather than quietly watching and
photographing them? We are teaching them that neighbourhood garbage is a
safe and efficient way to eat, instead of being scary, risky behaviour.
Bang on pots and pans, yell at them, spray them with a hose. Teach them
this is not a fun place to be!
Shannon I'll give you call next time he's in my yard and you
are free to come and spray the bear. It was practically on my patio
door. NO chance in a million years I was opening that door.
Robert T. Kirwan A couple of years ago we stood in our
backyard making all kinds of noise to try to scare away a bear and it
just looked up from our feeders as if we were nothing more than a bumble
bee causing a commotion. Even the police officer standing beside us
didn't phase him. It couldn't be bothered with us until the MNR employee
arrived with his colourful orange or yellow vest. As soon as the bear
saw the vest it got up and took off like a shot. I guess it had an
experience with the MNR or hunters in the past.
One year I even remember throwing a bag of hockey pucks, one at a time
at a bear in our back yard. It would walk away a bit and then when I
stopped throwing the pucks it would wander back and continue doing what
it wanted. I felt so stupid tossing hockey pucks at this huge bear, but
he didn't seem to be bothered much. And this was all during daylight
We realized one year that we were on the bear's route, so we put
everything away and actually left our gate open so the bear didn't have
to break it down to get through our lot. It is amazing how these large,
lumbering animals can walk through a flower garden and not break a
single plant. They are so clumsy looking, but they are also so agile.
One year I was working in the back yard, clearing out some old hedges
when I looked up from what I was doing and saw a bear peeking at me from
behind our back shed. It was like he was waiting patiently for me to
finish up what I was doing so the could check out our bird feeders. I
can still feel my heart in my throat as I looked up and twenty feet away
was this big, black, hairy face with both eyes staring at me. It was the
weirdest thing. The bear was watching the "human being at work" much the
same as we watch them.
Line Vezina Renaud Two years ago we had a bear in our
yard and when my husband opened the door and yelled at it to make him go
away, it started walking his way. It stopped only a few feet from our
door. My husband is not scared of a lot of things but I`m sure he didn't
like that situation. Those animals are big and "wild" you never know
what they can do.
Karlene McCandless Very well said
Robert! It was incredibly calming watching this large clumsy
animal, just chilling on the deck, eating with such grace. It was
honestly the oddest thing,
Shannon Allen I apologize if suggesting to try to scare
them away is considered such an offensive thing. Enjoy them then.
Robert T. Kirwan It's just that many of them don't scare
Shannon Allen True, but worth a try in my opinion. I'd
rather try to be part of the solution than part of the problem. But I've
learned people don't always feel the same way as me.
Ingrid Podschun Kennedy Two years ago my dog barked at
something in the back yard (always alerting us of intrusions). When I
turned on the back yard lighting, here was a large bear sitting in my
pond. My husband opened the back door and the bear slowly stepped out of
the pond and walked to the end of yard and into the creek behind our
home. They are not scared off easily.
Robert T. Kirwan I think everything you have suggested is
right on, Shannon. Believe me, when I see a bear in my yard, I do
everything I can to scare it away. But despite my fear of these massive
beasts, and my annoyance that this problem is getting worse since the
bear hunt has been affected, I am still in awe of the majesty and grace
that such a huge animal can display. It is not their fault that they
have less food to eat because of overpopulation and residential
development, so in a way it is sad that they are being victimized by
human beings. But this is how I feel when I see a moose that has been
killed, or a rabbit that has been shot, or even a partridge that has
been blown apart with a shotgun. I don't even like killing spiders. So,
if you find that people don't always feel the same way as you, then
there are at least two of us in that club.
Dan Rainville Welcome to Northern Ontario. We are the
ones encroaching on the wildlife, not the other way around. That's what
happens when you develop and develop our green belt. The bears don't
bother me. I embrace them, and laugh at all the city folk that want to
buy a house in the outskirts, but don't want to deal with wildlife. If
you don't like it, move out of the Valley.
Robert T. Kirwan They get bears in some parts of Sudbury
too, so it is simply a matter of adjusting to the situation during
certain times of the year. We need to make sure that we don't make our
property attractive to the bears and they will leave us alone. They are
just looking for food, not trouble.
Jesse Brooks i saw a bear on jean d'arc st while ago and
i yelled 'hey bear!'. it was damn scared and ran like a bat out of hell.
guess im just ugly lol.
Linda Marden Bertrand
Pictures of my backyard from the bear last night. I understand that
leaving garbage out will attract them, but now I can't even have apple
trees in my backyard. Something needs to be done with these nuisance
bears before someone gets hurt.
Lemieux Thats not good !!
Kate Chalk Oh my! That's awful Linda!
Shannon Allen If people would make tons of noise and
scare them away when they come to feed on their garbage, instead of
watching them and taking pictures of them, maybe we could have apple
Amber Appleby ...that was the aftermath of a bear...it
doesn't seem like she was watching the bear.
Amber Appleby Got'cha...didn't see that post
Valerie Kirwan I know....taking bird feeders in at night,
or not feeding birds doesn't stop them from coming into our yards. We
never had this problem years ago. Just too many bears. If it happened in
Toronto, the problem would be dealt with quickly.
Amber Appleby Bear season opens tomorrow
Monique Lemieux Vandeligt I worry abt that too. I have
fruit trees, they were there when we bought the property. They are messy
trees because of the leaves, the fruits falling, etc but they give us
shade. We had bear problems a few years ago, my neighbour has fruit
trees too and when the Ministry came to set a bear trap (which was a
joke - the bear was smart enough not to go in there even though they had
put food) told my neighbour to cut down her trees. Well, what a
response. Her tree was there too when they purchased the property and
provided privacy. If only they would admit that they made mistakes when
they cancelled the Spring bear hunt (which they say has been brought
back with very strict rules) and would let the bears eat at the dumping
sites like they used too, we wouldn't have so many problems.
Linda Marden Bertrand I have another apple tree that has
apples on it currently. Now I don't know if I should pick them all or
leave them on. The Bear Wise person told me that it might be better to
leave them on so that the
Robert T. Kirwan This is definitely devastating to see
the damage to your trees and I feel sorry for the loss of those
beautiful fruit trees, but it is also unbelievable that the bears will
take down the trees to get their fruit, but not touch any of the plants
or other decorations in the garden. They are so huge, but so careful.
Tania Charsley Beaudry where abouts is your street, I
have crab apple trees to,,,, and we have already had one bear eating our
garbage, Pinecrest Sub-division
Shannon was referring to my post above, where the bear was
about 1ft away from my patio door. I apparently should have opened the
door and sprayed it with water, instead of just leaving it be.
Shannon Allen Karlene, you could have tried to make noise
from inside your house to try to scare it away. Have a nice day.
Amber Appleby Ya, I definitely wouldn't have opened my
door. Just for the simple fact that if that bear had cubs around, it
wouldn't be cowering away.
Linda Marden Bertrand I'm on Jeanne D'Arc Street and
Chantal Lafontaine-LeBlanc Oh wow!! That's just awefull
Roger Gauthier Shoot them
Darlene Ranger Sorry to hear this.. These animals do not
know where to go... I know how scary this is and really what can we
do...We can only do what we can do..There is no real answer...
Amy Lavoie-Ducharme They are after all.... animals
Christine Maurice Four years ago, we cut down our
wonderful, fifteen year-old, fruit-bearing apple trees. The bears loved
them and scared me so much that I really wasn't comfortable in my own
back yard, which is right in Val Caron.