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Neighbour Finds ‘Lobster Trap’ Bird Feeder Stolen By Bears 149-Days Ago.

by Anura Guruge


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You can see one bear getting ready to steal bird feeder.



That was May 11, 2020. 149-days ago. We searched for the bird feeder for days. It was a birthday present & had sentimental value.

Next door neighbor found it way at the bottom of their yard. Quite a long ways away. He/she carried it 400/500 yards. I am impressed.

It is NOT damaged. Not broken into or misshapen. It held suet. So they must have scooped it out.

We are HAPPY. If we can now find the other — $110 — one. SMILE.

 


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

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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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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

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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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VIDEO: 3 Bears Visit Our Yard, Last Night, To Steal Another Bird Feeder — This One A ‘Lobster Trap’.

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$70 ‘Lobster Trap‘ bird feeder, from Maine, they stole.

Haven’t found it yet, and we have looked.

lobster trap bird feeder


Last night, Saturday, May 9, 2020 — around 9:42pm. (I went out for my 1-mile nightly walk EXACTLY an hour later. No, I didn’t bump into them. But, now I know).

Mother (who steals the feeder) & two cubs. Big, though. Don’t think they are this years. Seems too big. Funny, the 1st cub sniffs at it BUT leaves it to the mother.

Lucky we caught it on our security cameras. Couldn’t miss. It was 6′ from the front door. You can see the steps to the front door. So, we had good camera coverage. Easy enough to locate. Just FF till we saw the pole bent — then go back from there.

This is what the pole looked like this morning.


They were after the SUET that was in the feeder. BUT, here is the funny thing, there was another suet feeder, just on the other side. That would have been easier to get!


We lost an EXPENSIVE, $135 dollar ROTATING ‘Yankee Flipper’ feeder about a month ago.


I suspected a bear. This feeder was in the middle of the yard & the cameras didn’t cover that area. So, we couldn’t be sure.

There were 4 other bird feeders & 2 squirrel feeders in the yard. All LOADED. They ignored them!

So, in each case they just stole the MOST EXPENSIVE feeder!

That seems weird. My latest $40 feeder. They ignored it. I brought it in tonight.


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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“Clark’s Trading Post”, New Hampshire — Cheer & Charm Persists.

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All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







I have been a huge and unequivocal fan of “Clark’s Trading Post“, Lincoln (i.e., ‘Loon‘), N.H. from the very first time I visited 15 or 16 years ago. I like everything about Clark’s. The bear shows are heartwarming in that the Clarks treat the bears like we treat our dogs. They, as they do like to point out, are their family pets. And you can tell. The bears are so at home with the two (Murray and Maureen (these days)) Clarks. So while I cringe and close my eyes when “Ringling Brothers” insist on putting on Big Cat acts I have no qualms, whatsoever, about the bear acts. You can tell that the bears are pampered and loved and doing the show is part of their lives. So no issues with the bear show. On Tuesday, July 12th, when Teischan and I visited, we (as is not unusual), watched both bear shows.

The train ride is always fun. Yes, I know the routine and the spiel by heart (and knew the now retired Wolfman). But it is still fun and it is nice to see the reaction of kids.

The new 300′ feet Anaconda water ride (up a 40′ platform) is sure fast (20 to 40 seconds max., top to bottom) but does give you pause since part of it is in PITCH darkness. It was fun though I am not sure I will do it again.

I did the Segway ride the first year it was open. We did it twice each on Tuesday since the lines were short. Though short, i.e., 3 minutes, it is enjoyable.

The Chinese Acrobatic and Contortionist Troupe, though different to the Chinese father and daughters act from a few years ago, is compelling though we have seen lot along these lines.

The water blaster boats do get you soaked — which was good since it was broiling hot.

In my opinion what is there NOT to like about Clark’s? Yes, it is very compact BUT they pack a lot in. But this is true of all the New Hampshire attractions of this genre, Befitting the State’s smallness they also all tend to be small. That said I will maintain that Clark’s is my favorite amusement-related attraction in New Hampshire — ahead of Storyland, Santa’s Village & Polar Caves.

Tuesday’s visit, and Teischan and I were there from 10:45 am to 5:15pm, was a success. I got to talk with Murray Clark, in depth, twice — once about his dad’s 1908 Ford Model T which he was restored and the other time about his kids. That was a bonus. I used to always chat with his dad. He was neat. He was missed.

I always recommend Clark’s unstintingly. Wonderful place for kids.


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