Crunch, crunch, crunch…that’s the sound my husband heard the other night. He thought, hmm…I wonder where that is coming from. He looked outside and didn’t see anything. Well, a flashlight shone into one of our apple trees quickly cleared up any confusion: another bear was feasting on our apples.
It really shouldn’t have been surprising, as another bear has cleared one of our other trees of all apples the weekend prior. That was a small bear, likely a yearling. And this bear, well, was a lot bigger. In both cases we weren’t too worried about losing the apples – I figure they need them more than I do. It is unfortunate when they break branches or obliterate the trees. Thankfully, we just had a few broken branches.
Our neighbors have had bears visiting throughout the summer, but we didn’t have any visits until the apples were ripe. Other than the apples, we don’t have much that is interesting to bears (like garbage or bird seed outside). As the blueberries weren’t very plentiful this summer, the bears need to look for other food sources, which usually means more contact with humans. Both bears we have had around are quite skittish of us and the dog, which is a good sign for them. Too friendly bears are likely to end up being shot – not the ideal scenario.