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OMG a BEAR Update post # 11

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chick4chicks, May 23, 2010.

  1. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    Got home from Chickenstock, put my new babes away except the escaped runner duck. Was sitting out back in my chair trying to get escapee, I looked up and thought what is that big dog doing in my yard. WRONG it was a BEAR. I jumped up and started screaming, it ran down the road. I walked down the road trying to see where it went, I know stupid but my babes were in danger. Now please PRAY it do
    doesn't come back, I am so worried. Thanks for listening. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 26, 2010
  2. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    Hmm, dinner and a bear rug. Git yer gun!!
  3. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    Like the rug idea.
  4. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    Black bears are pretty timid and will almost always run. Just make noise, and turn on your electric fence.
  5. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    Black bear is actually quite tasty at this time of year, before they start eating fish. And timid is not the words I'd use for our black bears.
  6. arch_cpj

    arch_cpj Songster

    Mar 19, 2010
    medina county
    yep an electric fence is a must wheres thers one theres more and you need at least 14 gauge wire and a really heavy duty fencer proabably a 50 or 100 mile low impedance would work 3 ground rods and steel t posts every 10 feet build it stout to keep bears out!!!! if you dont do this then dont be suprised to fing your coop opened up like a tin can I dont care how strong it is.... Personnally if I lived in bear country my yard would be enclosed with a high tensile fence they are rated for 50 plus years service and look good and a bear will not go through one...
  7. mvktr2

    mvktr2 In the Brooder

    Grizzlies generally maul to protect young, because they're startled, etc. Rarely eat the victim just maul and move on, usually. Black bears will surely do the same thing (mothers as they are), but generally a startled blk bear runs. If blk bears come after you it's to eat you... YIKES! It's something like a 10-1 margin or some outlandish number of blk bears to grizzlies/kodiak that eat their victims. I'm no bear expert but I slept at a holiday inn one time! [​IMG]

    Last edited: May 25, 2010
  8. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    OMG! That would have freaked me out! We have bears here in TN too, but mostly over in east TN, so I don't expect to ever see one in my yard. The electric fence suggestion...sounds like a good option to me!
  9. Mervin

    Mervin Songster

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Quote:Their diet doesn't include too much fish in PA, but a heck of a lot of carrion. I've heard all sorts of wives tales about which bears you can eat. The simplest is this... "If you can eat a sandwich whilst standing next to the freshly killed bear, then you can probably eat the bear. Otherwise just make a rug and be done."

    Timid, IMO, is not a good word. Most of the time they will run. This time a year the sows have their cubs out teaching them to forage and, IMO, that is the biggest danger. If a sow perceives you as a threat to her young that's just bad bad day.
  10. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    For those that enjoy bacon and eggs, bear bacon is by far the best you can get.

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