Everybody outta the pool…

by David

…a momma black bear checks out our swimming pool!

Thistlehill Farm Momma Bear
Photo by Church Humphreys

She almost certainly has a cub or two safely behind her but out of sight. For at least 17 years this bear has been raising her family in a den just below what is now Church’s house. More often she is content to splash around in the two-acre pond, again just down the hill.

The cubs often think it’s great sport to slap the row boat oars and watch them spin in the oar locks.

They’re no danger unless surprised or accidentally cornered. She also is clearly well fed with her very own 200 acres of vegetation and fruit and berries (and neighboring corn crops).

Bears like nothing better than to plop down in the middle of a corn field and pig out. They leave behind a very neat symmetrical circle in the bare ground. Their very own “field of dreams”!