We have had bears in our park every year. We have seen about one a year in the past. NOT this year. We have had bear sightings since mid-July. This past couple of weeks we have had bear sightings daily. And it's not always the same bear or bears.
As a child, I was always told that there was no difference between a black bear and a brown bear. They were just a different colour. I have just researched that information and I come up with different information on different sites.
|This guy visits us at suppertime. Obviously a black bear and we think male because there are no cubs.|
For us the colour of the bear tells us that they are definitely different bears. We have not been seeing the same bear over and over. The first sighting, not by us but by some campers, was a mother black bear and her two very small cubs. That was in July and that bear was very aggressive. She stood up against the side of these campers' van and growled in the window. Mother bears will naturally protect their cubs but taking on a van is quite out of the ordinary.
|This was last night and that is our rig. Too close.|
Not only do we see them in the park, we see them in the bushes on the side of the road on the way to the park. This big guy is having his fill of saskatoon berries.
Locals tell us that this is a very big year for bears. There was a very mild winter last year.
We are leaving the park tomorrow. We are leaving Gord here all by himself. He lives in the cabin and he has been pulling the couch across the door at night. He promises not to go out after dark. Today he is arranging to get some bear bangers. These bears are not afraid. We have air horns, we chase them with the carts, we chase them with the trucks. They just look back and seem to say "Ha Ha, you don't scare me".