signs of my friends

20 Sep

So on my way across the front lawn this morning I had to quickly watch my step: next to the alley lay a big fresh pile of Bear scat. There is no mistaking these droppings for those of a dog; this is the work of a big impressive mammal (either a Grizzly or a Black Bear). Judging by the looks of the scat, this guy had been eating mostly vegan: lots of grasses, tree roots, and fruit. I can only assume the beast was close by so that it could gorge on the many crab apples that have dropped in the alley behind a neighbors place, just a few houses up. Although this sight is not quite as elegant as spotting a fresh paw print in the mud, a sign like this is still such a thrill to stumble upon. It is a true reminder that I live among the mountains with some incredible creatures.

4 Responses to “signs of my friends”

  1. Marcus 20/09/2012 at 18:03 #

    Hahaha! And people used to give me a hard time for being interested in sh*t! Well it turns out sh*t is interesting and gives you more sh*t to talk about! :) Just beware of the bear doody that is full of bells and smells like pepper…..

  2. Haha! Yes, impressive! This post reminds me of the fall I moved to Golden. My neighbour showed me a trail down be the river and pointed out the wild cranberry bushes growing there. I loved the tall grass that edged the path and one day after school went for a walk by myself. Soon I came across a large pile of crushed berries and wondered who would have dropped a bucket like that on the ground… and then I realized that it wasn’t a bucket of berries, but a bear’s freshly eliminated scat. And that’s when I hastily turned back and headed for home! I’m such a chicken when it comes to being around bears in the open, but they are impressive to watch from behind a closed window!

  3. kimi 20/09/2012 at 23:20 #

    Quite a find so close to your house! I’ve seen bears but never their poop. Fascinating!

  4. Deirdre 21/09/2012 at 07:13 #

    That is the BIGGEST, most impressive pile of, um, crap, I have EVER seen! What an amazing feeling it must be to know that it walked right through your yard! Your yard! And, as a side note, I’m loving the book with the bear dropping diagrams. That seriously made me howl with laughter. Why am I not surprised that you own something like that? I LOVE it! You’re too much!

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