This morning I was out opening up the run to throw a little scratch, open the coop and let the birds out for the day. I heard a rustle in the leaves behind the coop about 20 feet away. I take a look and here is a large black bear looking back at me. They all look large at that distance, but I've hunted a number of them and this guy was at least 250-300 pounds, fat and sassy with a beautiful coat. The temps have been warm here for this time of year. Generally they are pretty much denned up or ready to den up for the year by this time. Bear don't faze me much since I've seen more than my share here. I yell "hey, get out of here" but he just looks at me and doesn't budge. I then reach down, grab a hunk of 2X4 and pitch that at him. It bounced off the coop just missing his head but he still doesn't move. This has me a little rattled since they usually leave when you yell at them. I walked back to the house backwards watching for him to move, but he doesn't. He just continues to stare at me much more intently than I would like. I keep a pump 12 gauge just inside the door so I grab it and a few bird shot shells and head back out. My wife asks what I was doing and I tell her there is a bear behind the coop and her reply was "smokem"...gotta love her.. I load the gun as I'm walking back and he is still there, but has moved about 10 feet back into the trees. I again yell at him, still nothing so I fire off a round just over his head and he still doesn't move. He is just sitting there so I aim at the ground just below his butt and fire again. I'm sure a few pellets caught him in the rear which put him into high gear. The last shot I'm sure caught some fur as well as he was hitting light speed heading for the swamp. I had no intentions of killing him, just letting him know that there will be a lot of pain if he comes around here again. I kept the birds cooped for the day, but put them out in the run when I got home from work. The 7 1/2 shot I'm sure didn't do much considering how thick his pelt is and the huge layer of fat they have this time of year, but I bet he isn't sitting down very well right now. I'm also sure he will not be back any time soon. If he does, I will not be so kind the next time. I checked the coop and he hadn't done any damage. I'm guessing I caught him checking it out and getting ready to break in.