|Right outside our Front Door!|
We also tell everyone we've never seen a bear or any bear sign on our property. We always credit our dog with being fearless about driving away any potential invaders. She certainly spends enough time barking at what always seems to be nothing to our eyes and ears.
Unfortunately, we have to change our story today. DannyLee was about to step outside when he looked out the dining room window. A large black bear was casually strolling past right next to the house. He tracked it through the windows to the front yard and then called me to come take a look.
This beast was happily munching grass in our front yard while our dog cowered in fear on the front porch. She was happy to come inside and hide behind me.
Apparently, she'd been sleeping while the bear was slipping around the back of the house and she wasn't too happy about it.
We debated on our response and decided to pull out the whistle. This bear was on the run with a couple of loud shouts and a few toots. We were all happy to see it go!
Bottom line is this is bear country and it's that time of year when they're eating everything in sight for the coming winter is already knocking on the door. The trumpeter swans and geese started heading south a couple of weeks ago and there are already snow caps on the taller mountains. Soon enough the tourists will disappear once again and we'll be looking at a long nine months of life in the bush.