I was back here in the bedroom at my desk an hour ago when my hubby yelled from upstairs in his office, "Get up here fast with your camera!"
The below pictures are not very good, but considering I don't have a good telephoto lens (and can hardly operate my simple-to-operate digital camera), they at least show our visitor down at the curve of our driveway.
We had a visit from a good-sized, glossy-coated, very healthy looking black bear. (Curious that hunting season for bear up here opened on September 1st, just a couple of days ago, but we haven't seen a bear on our property for years until this one showed up this morning.)
He was grazing along the edge of our small hay field. Do bears graze? That sure looked like what he was doing.
A bear's sense of hearing is definitely good because we were a long way away from him but you could tell he could hear our voices when we were talking.
Then after we watched him for about 5 minutes, he must have heard something in the woods across the driveway behind him because he whipped his head in that direction and then ran pell-mell off into the woods to the left. Has he had an encounter with hunters in the last couple of days?
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