35 thoughts on “My Neighbourhood”

    1. Hahaha. πŸ™‚ Yes, he certainly does. We weren’t sure how to get around him at first, but the embankment was shallow and we were in a truck, so we just did a detour! πŸ™‚

  1. I wonder why a bear would sit in the middle of a road doing nothing. Maybe he was hoping to flag someone down to hitch a ride. Heh. Guess you “bearly” got around him. πŸ˜‰

    1. Hahaha. πŸ™‚

      The road may have been warm from the sun or he may unfortunately have been looking for a hand out. Some people will literally get out of their vehicles to feed them (I’ve seen this) – so dangerous.

    1. We have coyotes as well, but they are dominated by the larger or more aggressive predators such as wolves, badgers and bears. I don’t see them very often. I have a lot of respect for bears and try to let them be. Unfortunately some people think they’re a version of the teddies they had as kids. That attitude is dangerous for both bears and people.

  2. There are definitely more bears than people, which means that if you need math tutoring from a bear, chances are your class size would be small, assuming that all of the bears in your neighborhood can teach math of course. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m more concerned that its hanging around the road because people have been feeding it. Its unusual for it to be doing this,so I can only assume its been conditioned by people feeding it.
    Your up in the Yukon right? I checked the Black bear pop and its about 10,000.

    1. Yes, it could be there because of the heat from the road or more likely, because of hand outs. I took this photo near Wood Buffalo park on the NWT/AB boundary ( I work in NWT, not Yukon) where bear numbers are changing a lot and also include polars and grolars and other hybrids. We reported this bear to the park so that he could be tagged and moved into the back country. As the signs say around here, “a fed bear is a dead bear.”

        1. I have only seen a bear sitting in the road like this once before, so I think it’s probable that this one was looking for food. We have many, many bears around here, and usually they run at the mere suggestion of a human, which I’m happy to see. The park ranger we talked to said they would move this bear to a safer location, so I hope they did.

          1. Yes, they do, although I understand that the success rate for relocation is higher there. But it’s at least a chance for them because that constant interaction with humans is never good for the bears.

          2. It makes me wonder how anyone knows the bear survived? A new bear is not welcomed by other bears and is chased away. I think many die from conflict or starvation.

          3. I know that they are tagged and followed. I’m not sure how the park deals with the other issues. It’s very upsetting to hear that they may die from conflict or starvation.

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