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Cities & Towns > The Occasional Bear

The Occasional Bear

The bears around here stay deep inside the woods. It's much cooler and nicer there, I guess. But when one strays, a major public service announcement happens, warning everyone.

This is supposed to be him, but when the report went out, he was sitting under a tree somewhere near the reservoir area (which is in a park in the city). Maybe waiting for a bus.

Nothing like the hungry enraged bears of Colorado.

In other town news, it is incredible but that big sinkhole the Pittsburgh bus fell into a year ago is still not repaired. They keep trying, but screwing it up. Apparently it was the worst spot for a sinkhole, there were about 5 different utility tubes going thru the spot. So first thing they did was fill it with dirt to prevent the electrical cables from sinking and breaking; but it turned out that was the WRONG kind of dirt to put in a sinkhole, so they had to remove it and put the right dirt in. Then, they had trouble fixing the steam pipes (steam utility for heat was there too). It might be fixed by July, they report.

posted on June 16, 2020 12:29 PM ()


I have a genteel affection for all living creatures, insects excluded. I am upset when I see road kill. Recently our trash can was upended, so I had to stop leaving it out the night before pick up. The closing of restaurants means that rats and other vermin had to venture off their "beat" to find food. In the house, due to super cat, I have to rescue geckos pretending to be dead by not moving. I drop a Chinese plastic container over them, slip an 8x10 cardboard underneath, and take it outside and put it in a shady spot on the lawn. I give it a little lecture about coming into the pool cage (don't ask me how they manage that).Bears are definitely on my I think you are adorable, but I think I'll keep my distance list. Large birds come on our lawn. They are skittish and fly away if you try to come near. Egrets, pelicans, herons, osprey. Yes, it's Paradise, but intellectually: mostly brain dead.
comment by tealstar on June 19, 2020 11:20 AM ()
Not a lot and they mainly stay up in north Florida with the DONKEYS!!!
comment by greatmartin on June 18, 2020 4:15 PM ()
It's always fun to read about bears that are somewhere else. Same goes for big sink holes.
comment by traveltales on June 16, 2020 3:11 PM ()
I was about to say we'd get more sinkholes than bears but then the news suddenly reported 2 more bears in other parts of town all of a sudden. I haven't noticed bear sightings, until now. I will have to see how often they come around.
reply by drmaus on June 17, 2020 11:01 AM ()
Florida bears love garbage cans!!!
comment by greatmartin on June 16, 2020 1:37 PM ()
Do you get a lot of them?
reply by drmaus on June 17, 2020 10:59 AM ()
I do not trust bears. Be careful walking.
comment by elderjane on June 16, 2020 1:35 PM ()
In my area it's all deer and rodents.
reply by drmaus on June 17, 2020 10:58 AM ()
People around here see bear all the time. It's never a big deal except when school was in session. But bears don't eat even the smallest brat, so no big deal.
comment by jjoohhnn on June 16, 2020 1:06 PM ()
All you need is a guard cat, I guess. Still I'd be afraid.
reply by drmaus on June 17, 2020 10:58 AM ()

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