Monday, August 18, 2008

Living in the Wild

hey, it's empty!, originally uploaded by maggies farm.

I love living with nature, but sometimes it can be a little too close. We had ursine visitors today - A mamma and THREE cubs. I now know how Monkey's pool got broken. They all had a swim, pulled down the bird feeders and headed off into the woods. I banged a few pots together to send them on their way.

Now I have to keep an eye out for Monkey and the dogs, not to mention the chicken house and goats. This particular bear and cubs wander all over the valley, although this is the first visit to our house that I've witnessed.

Some bears destroyed our friend's orchard across the valley this weekend. There's not a lot of food for them out there right now because of the drought. They better leave my berry bushes alone, or else...


  1. Eeesh. I had to share with black bears in college. No thanks. They're mean mother you know whaters! But on the plus side, our school was probably the only college in America where you could buy your textbooks AND a bear bell to wear to class!

  2. Whoa. You got a picture. That's...disturbing.

  3. It was a little disturbing...
    But, I took the photos through the window. I wasn't planning on going outside and playing with them.

    We did spend most of the day inside, which really sucked. But I didn't want to let the dogs out alone, or the Monkey.
    We did take the opportunity to discuss bear safety. Baby bears are cute from a distance, or in this case the safety of a wall and window. Oh, and things were "bear proofed" (somewhat) last night!

  4. We've had close encounters of the bear kind where I live, as well. I see you're in Western N.C.. Whereabouts? My husband and I are in Candler, just west of Asheville.

  5. Whew. That's quite close, isn't it? Gorgeous picture, but I can understand wanting a little more distance!

    Just to let you know, I shall be moving blogs some time soon - let me know if you want me to tell you where I've gone.