Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

January 22, 2010

The Bear Family

My oldest son, Andrew, and I combined to get these local bear shots. We were just coming back from a hunt when we saw Momma, the one with the popping cheeks, coming across the road. We slowed down and I saw the twin cubs, one cinnamon and the other black up in the tree. This was a great opportunity for  a photo shoot!

When you see a bear popping its cheeks, you know you are on the verge of a charge! So we backed off a bit, and located around to get a picture of the cubs in the tree. We were very careful not to get between the sow and the cubs. That is definitely not a good thing to do. I also don't recommend anyone by themselves trying to do this on their own! A bear can outrun a horse. In such a situation, you don't have to outrun the bear, just your buddy! All kidding aside, Andrew did the photo shoot while I stood beside him with a .270 Winchester at the ready.  It was not needed and we left the bears to do their bear thing, namely fatten up for the winter.

I have one rule, actually several, namely I don't hunt bear and they don't hunt me. Another is not to shoot anything that you don't intend to eat! This was one of many good moments with Andrew. Most times, the best hunts are those where nothing is shot, but the bonding remains.

More and more I am going to the camera shots rather than the rifle.

 The cubs were about 30 pounds each and Momma was about 300.


LibbyLibbyLibbyLibbyLibby said...

WOW, that is SO cool !!! I am really terrified of bears!!! I don't think i'd ever go for a walk if I thought we had bears... its because I read a book about them one time... I thought it was a fictional story by this author I liked and turned out, it was true accounts of bear attacks and very detailed .... and I was the impression of the images I read about stayed with me... but I love to see bears from afar in pictures and am also in awe when I hear or know someone who actually gets that close... amazing. We don't have bears. We don't have alligators... we don't have lions or tigers either. :)

peihome said...

PEI has no bears, yay! Or cougars, yay!

Back 'home' in BC, where we're from, we were avid hikers, and I sure don't miss the paranoia of being in the deep woods and hearing something BIG rustling in the otherwise silent forest!

IanH said...

Aw, it was probably a moose!