For a moment, forget about coyotes, skunks, deers, butterflies, dragonflies, racoons, wasps and other cute creatures in the garden. Look who comes to one garden in our town!
"The backyard of Rufus and Trudy Allens produces all sorts of fruit. From apples to plums, to grapes and filbert nuts, ... the couple gets a chance to watch seasons change and tasty fruits ripen. And for the past six years, they have been sharing their fruit with a hungry neighbor - a fully grown black bear." (Black Bear Snacks, Naps In Local's Back Yard by Nate Hulings, The Peninsula Gateway, September 2, 2009).
Photo courtesy of Trudy Allen
"Properly named "Boo-Boo"for a scratch on its nose, the bear has been coming annualy to the Allens' in mid-July - just in time to feast on their plum trees. He returns in August as the grapes ripen."
"Boo-Boo hasn't been agressive, and the couple said they usually wait until the bear has broken tree branches before they try to shoo him. A quick tap on the window or door seems to do the trick, they said."
I especially like this part of the article: "Recently, after he feasted on some fruit, Boo-Boo took a nap, rolled to his back and scratched his plum-laden stomach".
The newspaper also provides these facts about a black bear:
Height; 2 to 3 feet at the shoulders
Length: 4 to 7 feet from nose to tail
Weight; Males average 150 to 300 pounds and can reach 600 pounds
Lifespan: 20 to 25 years in the wild
I think it is very kind of Allens to share their fruit with the bear.