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Yet Another Bear Attack Last Night (With Video); 4th Of This Summer — BUT Totally Our Fault.

by Anura Guruge


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Bent the metal post —
that I had fixed with a metal bar after last attack!


4th KNOWN visit — 3rd time we have caught them; twice on video, other time on camera (IN PERSON). 1st Video (May 11, 2080). When I went out with camera to take pictures (May 26, 2020).




We forgot to bring the bird feeder in! Our fault. After the last attack, on May 26, we had a system. One of us would bring it in & the other would check! Well, the system failed last night. No, we had forgotten a few other times BUT we had lucked out. Kind of thought the bear must have moved on. Yesterday it rained. That kind of messed up our schedule. But, no excuses. IF we had remembered to bring in THE feeder this would not have happened.

YET AGAIN, the feeder is GONE. Not in our yard. We have lost 4 feeders — for a total of over $400! This one was BIG, but plain. I don’t think it cost much. But, YIKES.

BIG BEAR!

Around 1am. I went out for a walk at 11pm. I am NOT afraid of bears BUT it would not have been that exciting to walk into him/her!

Well. That is IT. No more hanging bird feeders. We have two window feeders on windows NOT accessible to bears.


Feeder he stole last night. I liked it. BIG & simple (kind of like I).


The main feeder he/she destroyed last time — May 26.
Had it for just under a month. $42 + $16 for the pole.
Getting to be an expensive hobby. Over $210 in lost bird feeders just this Spring.


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A Neighbour Is Trying To Trap Something — But I Am Sure It Is NOT My Bear, & Better NOT Be My Bobcat.

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They have had this small (humane) trap out for the last two nights. I took this picture last night on my 11pm walk.

You can see the TWO blue paper dishes with what looks like dog food. There are three of these, but one is in darkness. They are all OUTSIDE of the trap. [This morning, following the quite spectacular thunderstorm we had, the bowls were waterlogged & the trap was still open.]

I assume they know what they are doing. So, will notice that they have draped it in blankets so that the animal can’t see too much of the metal or shape.

I am sure of one thing. It is NOT for MY bear. Trap is too small. That is good. I do NOT want my bear or bears trapped. I am cool with them. I like bears.

My bear — with whom I connected — on May 26, 2020.


It could, however, be for MY bobcat. He/she isn’t that big & this house is sure on its route. I do NOT want to see the bobcat trapped. I am not even sure whether you can legally trap a bobcat. I do not know — & don’t have the time to check. SMILE.

It better NOT be for my bobcat. IF I see it in the trap, I will let it out. SMILE. I am like that.

My bobcat — from June 24, 2020.


Stay tuned. This could be FUN. Smile.


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I Saw A Fox During My Walk Last Night, 10:55pm.

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He had been following me at a distance.

The powerful LED headlight I wear caught its eyes just about when I was leaving our driveway.

They were VIVID green. The eyes of deer are yellow. This was close to the ground. I thought it was a cat. I saw it cross the road. Looked like a cat.

It then followed I! SMILE.

Saw its eyes again. It was much closer. Got him in my headlight.

Took this picture using the Google Pixel 4’s amazing ‘Night Sight‘.

Been quite the Summer: bears, bobcat, deer & now a fox.


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Deer In MY Headlights — Saturday, June 27, 2020.

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Saturday night on my nightly 11pm, 1-mile NIGHT walk. Second time I have seen him/her this week. This time I managed to snap this. Yes, I wear LED headlights. No streetlights & really no lights from the houses. They are all in bed! Yes, on our road, but in an undeveloped wetlands.

That was Saturday. Last night, i.e., Sunday, I was walking, again at 11pm, in the rain. A deer darted across. And BOY! Was it quick. Just a flash. WOW.

What a Summer I am having. Bears, Bobcat & all this deer. What next? I am thrilled. Hoping to see the Bobcat again.


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Bobcat Again — This Time, Pictures & Video; Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH.

by Anura Guruge


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Max. zoom on my Google Pixel 4. It was (I think) about 150-yards away.
ALAS, that is as far as the Pixel 4 would zoom. Yes, not great quality.
Video, below, is slightly better.




Same bobcat I saw on Monday. Same road, about 1/4-mile to the South (i.e., towards Barnstead). Opposite the entrance to our beach. That was where the initial reports were from — & it obviously hangs around there.

To be honest, I was hoping to see it today. I walked around that area, twice, in a loop — hoping to see it. Luck, for a change, was on my side, today.

Click to ENLARGE. GPS track of today’s 4.65-mile.


It was 10:35am.

I have 33-seconds worth of pictures & the video is 50-seconds. Might have taken me 20-seconds to get the phone. So, he/she was out there staring at me for just over 2-minutes.

It started moving away when we both heard a car approaching. Not sure how long it would have stayed but for that. Did NOT seem afraid of I, but we were quite far apart. It could have got used to humans by now.

22-years ago I had a similar encounter, on the banks of Winnipesaukee, in Meredith (Mile Point), with a HUGE wolf. We were a bit closer & I had two golden puppies, on leashes, at my feet. He also was not inclined to move away. Just stood there & stared. But, in that case, we suspect, he had come looking for the two pups!

So ….

I am sure more folks will now be out looking for it. Hhhhmmmm.

I walk, just up from there, every night, for a mile! Wonder whether he will come to see me again. I wear a rather headlight. Have seen deer nearly every night this week. 1st time I have seen any deer until then!

So …. A bear & a bobcat this Summer. What fun. Am I going to carry any spray. Heck NO! Might take my walking stick more often. SMILE.


The bear encounter from  3-weeks ago. What fun. Have I told you that I once petted a Bengal Tiger through the bars of an open-air zoo. This was in the U.K. Zoo was next door (though ‘next door’ was like 4-miles away). I used to go sit with him in the evenings after work. SMILE.


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Bear-Proof, Window Bird Feeder For My 4th Floor Office.

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We have had to rethink our bird feeder intentions now that we have had three bear attacks!

The window bird feeder we had, on the ground floor, was attracting a fair number of birds — though it took nearly a year for them to find the feeder. They really are bird brained!

Given the amount of time I spend in my office, with a window just 4′ to my right, I thought it would be nice to have visits from some birds. But, my office is right at the top of this colonial-style house. What would be considered the attic in most other houses. The 4th floor in this house. It is high off the ground. Not sure whether birds will detect the bird feed.

Not sure if birds are color blind. Put a bright yellow ear of corn in the feeder today hoping that they might see (or smell) it. I will have to look it up,

The roof you see below is that of a the garage.

I am hoping that this bird feeder is beyond the reach of the bears. Yes, given their prodigious climbing abilites — & I have seen them climb trees — they could reach it, if they really tried. But, I am hoping that they will appreciate that it is a lot of work. If they grab at the feeder, it will come off & the bear WILL tuble backwards! That would result in quite the commotion.

In the middle picture you can see the corner of my desk & across it some of the shelves housing MY TOYS! You can also see the rearview mirror I have so I can see what is happening in our drive without having to get up from my PC. I also have our security system monitor in front of me — BUT I have to get up to see that.

Do you like my semi-topless Hawaiian hula girl. I actually have two. One is solar powered & dances for I, non-stop, when the sun is shining.


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The Damage The Bear Did To Our $43 Bird Feeder Last Night.

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The Pole


The DESTROYED Bird Feeder

Click to access Amazon listing for this pretty nice bird feeder.


We brought in all the bird feeders last night — after the bear left, calmly ambling down the road.

This morning we got to properly survey the damage he/she did.

Pretty impressive. Never realized that they were THAT strong.

I eventually managed to straighten the pole BUT I had to use a hammer. The bear bent it with its bear hands. Wow.

Bringing everything in. Also moving feeders to upper floors of the house! Will tell you more later.


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A Bear In Our Yard Again. I Went Out To Get Some Pictures.

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Two weeks ago. Check this post.



Around 9pm tonight. I was having dinner watch TV.

Teischan (14) heard a noise, came downstairs & saw the bear through the window. I heard Braxton starting to bark. Maya was with I, downstairs.

I went outside to look. It had moved from the house to the road. It growled at I. I didn’t have my phone. Came in got my phone & my headlights. Went out. We watched each other. Fair size bear. Might have been the mother. I couldn’t tell.

He/She was kind of cute. Ate all the birdseed from that bird feeder.

Destroyed ANOTHER. See below. Again, as with the other two times it was the MOST expensive we had! Like Teischan commented, it is like they know.

Our fault. For about a week, I, religiously, brought in ALL the bird feeders. Assumed they must have moved on.

What is amusing is that I go out walking, often with both dogs, around 10:30pm. Never seen a bear on those walks.

Well, lesson learned. I am cool. I have no quarrels with bears. They have a right to the land. Our fault.


The main feeder he/she destroyed tonight.
Had it for just under a month. $42 + $16 for the pole.
Getting to be an expensive hobby. Over $210 in lost bird feeders just this Spring.


While we are bummed about the feeders, the bears do not bother I.

I like bears. Never been TOO close to one, but I have no quarrels or fear of them.

I am happy that they got something to eat. SMILE.


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Cute, Bear-Themed, All Sri-Lankan Valentine’s Video By ‘Kapruka.com’ — Of Cake Fame.

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Kapruka.com‘ is branching out. A first for them, and I am sure there will be many more down the road.

Cute. A tad chintzy, but that is the Sri Lankan-way. Definitely a good start.

This was the write-up that came in the e-mail promoting the video. Classic Sri Lankan English. Not even Trump can beat our English. Enjoy.

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Their Valentine’s Day cakes.


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“Paddington 2” Movie (2018) — Best Of British Whimsicality Epitomized.

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Of course it did not disappoint. That would have been impossible. This is an immaculately crafted movie — as you would expect.

It is exactly what a family movie of this genre is meant to be: sloppily sentimental, clever, funny, cute, dramatic in parts and captivating at multiple levels.

To use a good ol’ British expression very much in keeping with this movie — it warms the cockles of your heart.

Enjoyed it very much — though it brought tears to my eyes a couple of times.

Yes, it is a movie about a very intelligent, talking bear. So, one cannot be too fussy about inconsistencies in ‘reality’. Based on the very tall skyscraper, the contemporary Volvo and police cars, the story would appear to be set in the 21st century (early 21st century may be it) — but there are a lot of telephone booths and no cell phones. All adds to the charm.

Of course, I recommend it highly. Can’t wait to see it again. Have seen the first ‘Paddington‘ twice. So, this won’t be any different.

I only have one criticism and that might have to do with the projection equipment at the Portsmouth (NH) Cinemagic. While the color of spot-on and vivid in all close-ups, it looked washed out and foggy in the wide-angle shots. It was OK. It was just that the colors did not pop. Looked like it was in low-resolution, but w know that that was not the case.

So, having been foiled on Friday, by a leaky roof at the ‘Regal Concord 10‘, from seeing it on opening night, we went to Portsmouth to see it on Sunday — at the Cinemagic. That is a much nicer cinema — despite my concerns about the color.




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