Bears are still around, and active — Residents need to be mindful about windows and attractants

  • [photo by Jennifer Dier]

    [photo by Jennifer Dier]

By Marcy Axness, TME

One of the earthly delights offered to us residents of the Mountain Communities, where peace and quiet is the norm, is a restorative afternoon catnap.

That was what Jennifer Dier had in mind when she lay down for a few minutes last Thursday,
Nov. 1. Dier, a Pine Mountain resident, got up when she heard “a strange scratching noise outside.”

Peeking out her front window Dier saw a bear heading up her deck. While frantically trying to figure out what to do next, she turned around and saw the bear’s face in the window at her bed.

“I started screaming like I’d lost my mind,” Dier says. She only realized later that she had an…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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‘Anybody home…?’ While this bear’s winsome appearance might give us a chuckle, bears coming this close to an open window isn’t a joke.

A few simple measures can ensure that PMC bears like this guy just keep on walking by and don’t attempt to enter your home, causing damage to property and putting the bears at risk for being put down.

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This is part of the November 9, 2018 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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