A hungry black bear scales a clothesline to get at a birdfeeder in the Lanaudière region, north of Montreal, in August 2009. Photograph by: Handout, Courtesy of the Quebec Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife
From The Montreal Gazette:
MONTREAL – Pierre Tessier had just finished refilling his bird feeder one day last week when he came back into his yard five minutes later to find the feeder’s lid lying on the ground.
“I thought, ‘Oh, it’s a raccoon again,’ ” said Tessier, a resident of Ste. Marguerite du Lac Masson, in the Laurentians.
He heard a rustling in the bushes nearby and he went to see if he could see the raccoon. Instead, he saw a black bear. He ran back into his house to safety. Looking out his window, he watched as the bear sat down only about three metres in front of him and it started gobbling down sunflower seeds.
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My Comment: Black bears are territorial .... never leaving by a few kilometers from their den. I should know .... I have a family of black bears that are half a kilometer away.