Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Not me, but some other people saw a black bear wandering just 500 yards from our house this past week. The bears have been here in the college forests and in the surrounding mountainous wooded areas for some time now, but 500 yards is just too close for comfort. I knew that they would be seen here sooner or later, but I just hope they don't take a liking to cats as a snack or for supper. They've been around here for about 10 years and only on occasion do they come out in public. We only have about one bear sighting a year or so that's all I hear about. They're still very shy and stay away from humans and the one thing we do know is not to feed them so they'll stay wild. I think they've migrated up from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. We still have lots of forested unsettled land here where they can hide and roam easily without detection and to this day I've never even run into one and it's not because we don't go into the wilderness because we do.