Our daughter and the 2-year old little guy she cares for each day were making their usual Thursday breakfast and morning visit with us a couple of hours ago.
I was just finishing making pancakes and bacon when a loud bang was heard on our small back porch. Both Papa Pea and our daughter sitting across the room gave a slightly startled, "What was that?"
I had just turned from the stove and thought I had knocked something over. But then dear daughter jumped up from her chair and pointing to the window over the sink exclaimed, "It's a bear!"
I looked back over my shoulder and, sure enough, there was a big, black head on the other side of the window not three feet away.
Papa Pea ran to the back door and yelled at which time (fortunately) Mama Bear and her three cubs who had all been crowded onto the porch, ran across our back yard and into the woods.
Mama Bear had apparently smelled the bacon even though the window was closed, came to the window, pulled the window box down, and I'm guessing would have torn through the screen and possibly even broken the window and climbed in.
We've all been warned that there have been many nuisance bears around recently as the wild berry crop was very poor this year and the bears are hungry.
One can't help but feel sorry for them (a mama with three little cubs to feed), but the damage they can do is well documented so we need to be watchful . . . and maybe give up frying bacon until the snow flies!