Bear Shit in the Middle of the Road
There’s an old adage “Does a bear shit in the woods?” meaning “Of course!”. Well, this bear shit was in the middle of the road. I think it had been eating apples (obvious), berries, nuts, grass and deer. It needs to chew its food more before it swallows.
We saw another bear scat down by the high tension power lines where we were skidding cedar logs out for posts, also in the road. Our neighbor says the bear left her a similar present on her driveway when it came to claim its share of her corn. Perhaps this bear has a fetish for defecating in public places. Or maybe it is marking these areas as its territorial boundaries.
All of markings were in the area where I know a female bear lives. In fact it is the east side of what I believe is her territory. Further down the valley, up behind our house is a very large male bear. I suspect his den is just over the crest of the ridge from us. He and I respect each others privacy and don’t stick our heads in each other’s respective homes. Our dogs negotiated this treaty. Across the valley to the east beyond the marsh is another bear I’ve never met, just heard calling his hoots out in the evening. The three of them tend to each stay to their territory and just talk to each other. Our land happens to be at the intersection of three bear properties.
Outdoors: 67°F/48°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 67°F/67°F
Daily Spark: Does a bear shit in the woods? Not if the Agency of Natural Resources can help it!