Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Bit Disconcerting

I found these during my walk in the woods this afternoon, they're maybe a day old...

Even somewhat fuzzy and partially melted, they are pretty good sized...

especially the claw marks.

Do you see them there, in the snow?

Since I came across these walking right down the middle of one of my main hiking and riding trails, five minutes from my house, it's just a wee bit disconcerting.  I had a very close encounter with a bear and her cubs once many years ago.  Once was enough.  Especially considering it's the very early days of a Spring that hasn't really happened yet, after a very long, cold winter.  I imagine this bear is pretty darned hungry.  I may just avoid this trail for a bit.

Apparently, this little morsel didn't provide the long awaited breakfast the bear was searching for.  It looks like the bear dug it up out of the snow and carried it for a while before wisely opting out of the food poisoning he would surly have gotten had he eaten it.  This fellow was more than a bit ripe.

In case you are wondering, no, I did not bring it home with me as Carson from the 7MSN would have.  The smell was a bit much.  Bones age well in the desert, not so much in the Northeast.  I was rather intrigued by the teeth on this poor fellow though.  From the looks of them, they may have contributed to his demise.

I imagine that the bear was probably headed for my neighbor's house.  I noticed, or rather Tanner noticed, that they are dumping food scraps out in the woods behind their house, which is not far from my trail.  I think I'll have to stop by and have a chat with them about that.  Their three small children, who like to play in the woods, might not want to run into a very hungry and grumpy bear either.


  1. This is so funny. I am going back through the 7MSN posts from the beginning, and when I read this one today

    it made me think of your post from the last few days. Seriously, read it all the way through if you haven't before! I logged into blogger to go to your blog and post it, only to see you had a new post, and it talked about the 7 MSN! What a coincidence!

  2. As I continue to read through these posts, this one is even better for your donkey/burro tongue drinking thing!

    try not to judge me when you realize how far I have read through her posts tonight....

  3. At least you knew which way the bear was heading!

  4. Yup, Bears close by would be scary. We don't see them often here, but once in a while one will come down from the mountain in the summer.

  5. Oh, yeah, your neighbors need to stop feeding the bears! You have a good eye - I would have noticed the big holes in the snow, but probably wouldn't have seen the nail marks.

    Nancy in Iowa

  6. LOVE the bear tracks! although I'd be tiptoeing around too...
    - The Equestrian Vagabond