These images are from a camera on our trail, as adorable as they are - yikes. I know exactly where it is as that's part of our usual walk. The other day as we ventured into the forest the dogs all stopped and started to sniff the air and didn't run ahead like they usually do. I listened to my gut (then tightening) and said lets go' as I turned around back home. Nope & thank goodness as the date from the camera was the day after. It's one thing run into a bear, not that I care to - but even I'm aware - it's another thing to run into a bear with cubs. I don't even want to imagine the possibilities with dogs.
Ginger & I are not fast runners & Poppy, I know 'thinks' she could take on a bear to defend her mama bear. Nope.
Frig, those babies are cute! It has inspired more bear paintings or two or three! I laughed because I tell everyone, they are welcome to visit but must sleep in a tent, as we don't have a guest room but for some reason now, no one seems excited to do so.. hee hee hee. My mom asked "if it's safe to visit?" lol I still remember the day the bear crossed the front lawn, feet from where I was chilling on the deck, it took a while to calm down that day. Running into one in the woods - no thanks.
It was a reminder we all needed though, we have bear spray but never carry it. For the next while I think I'll refrain from a foray. On the camera was also a fisher - like a big mink, raccoon and deer, it's easy to forget sitting on the sofa watching Netflix - we live amongst wild beasts. Dreams come true.
For all those that camp in the highlands - be Bear aware as they are out there! I've been told several times, as long as they hear you -they will avoid you - they'll be long gone, still use caution with your camping food & make noise when walking through the woods and keep your dogs safe. I watched a deer attack a dog on an instagram clip, we are in their territory, it's up to us to be careful & safe. I'm grateful to witness a few of Gods creature creations from a distance!
I also won't be putting out suet or bird food for a bit, best not to entice the big furry creatures.
Love thy neighbour, the bears are my neighbours too! Here before we were.
Love bears all things.
Love endures all things, including bears in the backyard.