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View from Our Back Door

  It is really not that often that we get to have a visit from the bear cubs....( even though there were six (6) this year!.) ..But when they come to visit, we are ready with a camera, and quickly step inside. After all, the bears have been here for much longer than we have. In fact, our home was built not 100 yards from the bear path...  Here in Asheville, it is important to understand their habits and habitats...even our cat knows that! (see next post)



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Wow, the black bear population has really increased over the last few years, and it seems like they are getting too acclimated to humans ... hopefully this bear will survive to a ripe old age!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Janeanne,

Congratulations on your tolerance. It's absolutely true that they were here first, but the only time that one was spotted on our property in the country up here in Ontario, I did tell the kids to avoid wandering into the back 40 for a while. I agree that they are more in evidence and much less afraid of men now that our bear hunt is over. We have had a few instances locally of recess being cancelled when bears wandered into our schoolyards. Still, I would prefer that to the west coast where, in the neighbourhood when my sister lived, they would advise the kids if cougars had been spotted in the area before they walked home!

Posted by Bob Foster (Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario) about 10 years ago


Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) about 10 years ago

How my gosh, how cute and how respect deserving at the same time!  and I thought I had it bad with the gators!

Posted by Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives (First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty) about 10 years ago


Near our cabin,  black bears have been squeezed in to a small path ..just in the past five years. We used to be at the edge of a large open space area that was supposed to be designated for a conservation land trust. However, developers broke the trust and now have built on that acreage...the result is more bears in a smaller area...and more mating...where a mother bear used to have she is having four to six cubs...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago


Bears are normally shy. This year they have not been, however. Newly arrived residents leave food scraps in the garbage, and we now have a situation which could turn dangerous...but still...I would rather have bears than cougars. A bear you can plan for and avoid...How does one avoid a cougar?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago


Adorable is right. When this cub was only a couple months old s/he played by our trees with the other cubs...then s/he spotted our Golden Retriever...and fell in love (??) she still comes to visit...but we respect her wild nature ...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Janie~! HI!

Bob has cougars, you have 'gators...and we have bears...this must be a good sign!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

The last time a bear strolled across my property he took a door from an outbuilding with him. When I investigated the scene of the crime I found an old old empty box of vanilla wafers in the shed. Never underestimate the power of a bear's nose.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 10 years ago


Thanks for sharing your view from the back door. I have never seen a black bear up close.

On Sunday morning after light dusting of snow I went cross country skiing in my woods.  I saw where four deer had bedded down overnight under a ticket of pine trees.  In the vicinity I saw turkey scratches in the snow.  As I was leaving the area I scared a great blue heron with a fish in his mouth from the stream.  Unlike you I was not prepared with camera in hand. 

The previous comment before mine reminds me of camping with kids many years ago.  Despite adult warnings the kids often took snacks into their tents.  One morning the adults had to contain their laughter as teenagers told a tale of an evening battle with raccoons 'bumping' into the side of their tent all night.  Another time it was an inexperienced camper who lefted a baby's soiled diaper in the tent during the night rather than get up & dispose of it.  Many years later at family gatherings we still talk about our experiences in the woods.


Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 10 years ago

how adorable.. I am sure you have to be careful. My dogs would be barking their heads off!

We had river otters a few months ago in the back yard swimming around in circles and playing. They were so funny..and entertaining!

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) about 10 years ago

janeAnne, What a cute critter, but a little too close for comfort ~Yikes I would be a wee bit freaked out!

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) about 10 years ago

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