Yesterday, I arrived home from work around 5:00 PM. I sat and talked with my wife for a few minutes, when she suddenly jumped up and screamed "BEAR!" I turned and looked out our back door, and there it was. It was 5:20 PM, broad daylight. He had to come up 13 stairs. I shoo-ed him away, and he turned and slowly walked back down the steps, got to the bottom, turned back around, and slowly crept right back up. he was destroying our bird feeder, so I tapped on the glass, and he put his nose about 6" from mine, and seemed to say "Aw, Crap", and he slowly walked back down. He spent a few minutes walking around the neighborhood, before he disappeared into the woods.
He/she wasn't very big, maybe 200 lbs or so:
maybe 150 lbs or less
I heard that a bear can smell a birdfeeder a couple of miles away.
They get a taste for bird food. Friends of ours kept finding their bird feeder by the edge of the woods usually destroyed. It was a bear, they finally got pics of it pulling down the feeder and sitting at the edge of the yard emptying it.
I had seen one a month ago or so, when my wife, daughter, and I were out on the trails at night. It crossed the trail way up ahead of us, and I was the only one who saw it. It looked to be bigger than this one, but it was kind of hard to tell. What is the normal "range" of a Black bear? Do they stay in one relative area, or do they just roam around?
That's cool.. Great pictures. Thanks for Sharing !
That's awesome, looks like my dog when she knows she did something wrong....
Black bear are fairly common around us. One of our abutters even has a (legal) bear baiting station. We see 'em occasionally when we go out to work on our firewood. Between all the coyote, bear, fisher & other pain-in-the-asses, our biggest concern now in our area are BOBCATS. My friend & a neighbor have both had their housecats recently attacked and NH F&G have been following 'em around like mad. Even a mountain lion was confirmed in our 'hood last year. Kinda funky when the local LEO's go around telling you to watch your kids because of mountain lions or bears!
Great pics! Always wish I was quicker to think to grab a camera!
Stoneman - I have been hearing of Mountain Lion reports in New England for many years, but most of the F&G Depts. used to deny their existence. Has this changed? Around 20 years ago, I believe that I saw one in MA, but nobody would believe me. I have a brother who is a MA EPO, and he was the only one who said that it was possible.
I have never seen a Bobcat in the wild.
I was definitely fortunate to have my camera nearby. When you get to see these creatures, you have to be quick. I was amazed at how utterly silent he was. He did not make a sound!
On the down side, my wife is now very nervous to go out and sit on the deck...which she had been doing quite frequently, lately. I told her that the bear is much more afraid of her than she is of it, but that didn't help any.
FWIW - I would be much more afraid of a Mountain Lion, than I would a Black Bear. The Mountain Lion will actively stalk, and hunt you. The Bear, not so much.
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June 20. 2012 11:48PM
60-pound bobcat turns up as roadkill
By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
Bobcats like this one in Paul Bolduc's backyard in Sullivan have been seen roaming around New Hampshire. Wildlife officials say reports of captures and sightings have been on the rise. (COURTESY)
KINGSTON — A 60-pound bobcat struck and killed on Route 125 last week has police warning residents to be aware the animals are in the area.
“This was the largest one I've seen in Kingston,” Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. said.
Police responded to Route 125 in the area of Landscapers Depot on June 12 around 7:30 p.m. to investigate a report of a bobcat on the side of the highway. The driver who hit the animal never reported it to the police, Briggs said.
“We've had smaller ones over the years that we've seen, but not too many of them,” Briggs said.
While sightings are unusual in Kingston and other parts of southeastern New Hampshire, the bobcat population appears to be on the rise after more than 20 years of protection, according to researchers.
The University of New Hampshire and the state Fish and Game Department are working on a study of the state's bobcat population. The project began in response to an increase in bobcat sightings and captures over the past decade.
Bobcats have been captured and equipped with radio collars to allow researchers to track their movements.
Mark Ellingwood, a Fish and Game wildlife biologist, said large numbers of bobcats are less likely in southeastern parts of the state, but they're still present.
“It's not an uncommon occurrence. It's not a surprise to us that there would be a bobcat in virtually any town in New Hampshire,” he said. “You don't have to go far north to find a fair abundance.”
Ellingwood said bobcats pose no more of a threat to humans than a fox or a coyote.
“We don't consider them to be a great risk. They're part of our normal landscape,” he said.
Still, Briggs warned residents with pets to be aware.
“We would caution individuals to be aware that when you're in the woods, there are some large wild animals that do visit the community and they would pose a danger to domesticated animals,” Briggs said.
Briggs urged the public to report sightings by calling the police department at 642-5742.
NH F&G CONFIRMED the mountain lion in Center Barnstead last year. Bobcats are making an enormous comeback. In fact, a SIXTY pound roadkill was found down in Kingston. That's fargin' huge!
Fuckin' Randy with the stealth post!
Not cool—take in the damn birdfeeder!
March through December, the birds shouldn't need your help...and neither do the rodents, bears, and other seed-eaters.
Holy shit! I didn't realize the mountain lion thing was almost THREE years ago:
Fed Bear, Dead Bear.
We have one in our neighborhood as well, all the people are complaining about their feeders getting destroyed As Kevin pointed out the feeders shouldn't be out now anyway.
My wife was on our back porch the other morning and saw a "Fox, but it wasn't red and it was big" trot through our backyard.
The next day as we were getting home a little late she said "there it is" and pointed up the dirt road we live on. I looked and saw what I believe to be a Coyote trotting up the street and into the woods.
I don't think she is gonna let the cat outside anymore. We are not in Burlington anymore
Last edited by Doc; 06-22-12 at 10:17 AM.
Eh, coyote, fox & fisher have always been common around us. We 'run' into 'em all the time, fisher being the least seen but very often heard. In fact, if given the choice I'd rather run into a bobcat than a fisher. Fisher have been known to take bobcats & foxes down...
Bear have a good memory, and will make routine "rounds" to all the easy food sources they know about. Take away the food to get the bear to go away.
That's a good lookin' animal!
My father-in-law had a bear mutilate a 15' steel pole to get at a feeder at his place over in Southern Maine. Bent the pole right in half and wrecked the feeder. We figured it was okay that high up off the ground.
That thing would be in my freezer!
I read that black bears will travel in a 25-50 mile radius in search of food. Obvious if one locks onto a good supply of bird food, he probably won't go far. But they are cyclical in their travels and you can get a timing for them after a few sightings.
60# Bobcat?? that's a monster. I didn't think they really got bigger than 35#.