THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Tales from the old-timer
Issue Date: May 23, 2012
Bears and Bird Feeders
We live on Dahl Road in the Town of Peshtigo about midway between the cities of Peshtigo and Marinette. About 10:30 p.m. there was a hullabaloo of frantic barking and howling by our neighborhood dogs and next came a loud thump. We have had a cylindrical wire-mesh bird feeder hanging on a steel rack about ten feet high over our living room windows for many years and the birds and squirrels have been emptying it daily.
It was a rough bear this time, and he was able to rip the feeder right off the house. I found it on the ground the next morning, just about emptied.
We are used to seeing an occasional deer out here, but bears are not welcome.
I fixed up the mangled feeder and hung it in a different place on wife Helens shepherds hook, and she put it away on the front porch.
I understand that you cant shoot bears unless you have a special license and in season, but maybe the new stand your ground principle applies. We have been keeping the feeder filled with sunflower seed for many years for the many varieties of birds and for the squirrels, but bears are too much! And wrecking my apparatus yet!
Last night Amys dog, Smokey, cut loose with his loud and frantic yowling about midnight, and I figured the rough bear was back again but the feeder was safe on the front porch!