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Thursday, June 28, 2007

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER?

In my previous post I shared my great granddaughters birthday party with you. This family live in a woodsy setting in the mountains. .
Cougar, bear, lynx, bobcats, Beaver, raccoons, opossom, deer and coyotes are common, but except for beaver, deer, and lynx, most haven't been seen.

A few nights ago, my daughter and her hubby were getting home late. It was dark and as they pulled into their driveway their headlights shined on the white garage door. I sure wish I could have seen their faces when they found a big black bear standing there.

This picture I am posting was found on a Google search.

Here's a bit of trivia about these creatures.

They are about 4 to 7 feet from nose to tail and two to three feet high at the withers. Usually black or brown but occassionally blonde and rarely white. They weigh between 125 and 500 pounds depending upon age and food. A well fed bear can be heavier, the record is 880 pounds.

Bears see in color and have good close up vision. Their distance vision has not been tested. (want to volunteer? LOL)

They are intelligent animals and have an excellent long term memory.

They are usually silent, but in amiable situation, make a variety of grunts. When they are frightened they make loud blowing noises and clack their teeth .

They can use a resonant, human like voice to express a range of emotions from pleasure to fear.

They do not threaten by growling (except in the movies)

They are good swimmers.

A lean bear can run 30 MPH. They can run uphill, downhill, as well as level ground.

They can live more than 23 years.

There now. We've had our wildlife lesson for the week.

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