Look who came for a visit yesterday evening
May 12, 2007
What? Can’t make it out in the photo?
This was right before she pressed her nose up against the window to get a better look at us.
The she walked around the side of the house and sniffed where we used to keep the garbage and scratched at the ground where we used to keep the bird feeders. I think she was disappointed that there were no dirty diapers to snack on.
Then she slowly ambled through our backyard and disappeared into the woods behind our house.
My 8 yr old came up with a suggestion for handling the bear situation. He said we should all build huge cages around our houses.
“You mean like a zoo, except we are the ones who are in the cages and the animals roam free?”
To answer the questions people have asked:
1) Animal control will not take them away. I don’t live in a city. There are hundreds upon hundreds of acres of wooded areas behind my house. Our next door neighbor owns over 100 acres. The properties are narrow, but deep. I know all of you who live on farms and such are laughing at the thought of 100 acres being a lot, but here it is. We only own 2.
2) They are protected animals and can not be harmed in any way.
3) While I am somewhat nervous about the kids being outside, realistically these bears are not predators who are going to go after my children like Cujo (again with the Cujo reference, note to self find a new metaphor) They are easily scared away by noise. And if there is one thing that seven children are, it is noisy.
4) I have no idea what my fourth point was, but I had one.
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