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Black bear out for a spring prowl in South Bay

Black-Bear-by-Todd-TaylorTodd Taylor shares this photograph of a young black bear taken Monday night in South Bay with his trail camera set up in a tree.

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  1. Jo Anne Slaven says:

    Well, that didn’t work. How about this…

    Or this…

    If these don’t work, I’m going to have to hire someone to figure it out.

  2. Jo Anne Slaven says:

    I got a shot of Mr Bear coming into our yard via our compost heap last night.


    The CritterCam has now been set up pointing at the bird feeder. Hopefully, I’ll have more pictures later in the week.

  3. For the most part, no need to worry. Any I have encountered have always thundered off. You eventually develop a comfort level. Bear spray is good – I always carry it with me on guided hikes, more to increase the comfort level of the hikers, than myself! I have done some vegetation surveys at a remote 3,000-acre property near Thomasburg and bears were very much in evidence there, but just ran off when they spotted me. You may have to give up summer bird feeding though as bears will just keep coming around if there is food source.

  4. virginia says:

    fyi-if going for a walk where bears might be, wear a “bear bell” or sing, so as not to come upon it suddenly. A startled bear can be dangerous.

  5. Jen says:

    Yikes! I have property in Milford still and we use it a lot for hikes with the kids (lots of woods too) Now I am a bit nervous on going :s Scardy cat I know 🙂

  6. Alice says:

    A large black bear was sighted and photographed on Brewer’s Road south of Milford this afternoon. It came out of the bush and onto the road and stood looking at us long enough to run back to get a camera and get a few shots.

  7. Phil Norton says:

    Great shot of the elusive South Bay bear. Probably the same one that was out at Ostrander Point Road last fall? I am leading a walk out there with our County photography group on Saturday. We will definitely keep our eyes open and cameras ready!

  8. virginia says:

    neat! I grew up in an area of many bears–nothing to fear if you don’t go looking for trouble.

  9. Mark says:


    Just leave out some porridge!

  10. Bradley says:

    This is possibly the bear that climbed the tree stand when my mother was in it bow hunting.

  11. Jo Anne Slaven says:

    Peter, I live just past Helmer Road. There has been at least one bear in this area for about a year.

    Last October, it wandered onto my deck and looked in the patio door. I thought it was a dog, and almost let it in the house.

  12. Peter says:

    Where was this taken?

    I live in South Bay too! Scary!

  13. Chris Keen says:

    Jo Anne – it’s a bear. My feeder polls were bent in half and a feeder was trashed. Happened a second time. One of myneighbours has back claw prints by his deck where the bear tried to reach feeders which were too far up. Another neighbour had bear scat on his back lawn full of seeds.

  14. Jo Anne Slaven says:

    I have to get one of those cameras. (It’s now on my shopping list for tomorrow.)

    I’m in South Bay. Where, exactly, did Todd Taylor take this picture of this bear?

    There has been someone/something/(some bear) ripping down a bird feeding platform that is attached to a tree next to our deck. We don’t think it’s a skunk or raccoon, as it would require an animal larger than that to do the amount of damage we are seeing.

    I’ll report back with any pictures or other evidence of bears. News of any other sightings would be appreciated.

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