Wild Games

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Spring was coming to New England…No, not really – it snowed again and the patches of soil you see in the photos are covered in snow again. Which makes This Post relevant once more.

Anyway, I looked outside the window and saw a flock of big black birds landing on our backyard. Gave me quite a scare. Don’t laugh, I am a city girl. They were huge, wild…

turkeys! Turkeys ladies and gentlemen. Landing feet from the house. Very exciting stuff for me (I don’t get out a lot) but The Cute also found the large birds very interesting. It is quite different seeing a wild animal on tv and actually seeing it in real life.

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Once I realized what those birds were and that they represented not a threat but a rather delicious dinner, I got brave instinctively thought: A gun! Too much noise. A bow? No; a crossbow! The eco side of my brain instantly slapped the childish side and I resolved to merely taking pictures. The fact we do not own any kind of weapon – if you exclude a chef’s knife – also helped.

Ah, the sweet sweet spring. When birds tweet and call their mates playfully, vegetation thrives, bees pollinate, squirrels go nuts for nuts, babies pick flowers (so they can eat them).

 

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The Cute, exploring nature.

and bears start waking up from their long winter naps.

They wake up very hungry from those naps, just so you know.

As summer comes, this can happen:

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Not a Chow Chow.

When I first saw the bear (right as it came out of the woods and before I grabbed the camera), I thought the neighbors had gotten a Chow Chow.

It looked super cute from afar, that is, until I realized it was definitely not a dog.

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Bear contemplating whether I’d make an ok meal.

I guess the detail on our nursery’s door, is smack dab accurate after all!

Wikipedia ends its black bear article with a hint of foodie optimism:

Theodore Roosevelt himself likened the flesh of young black bears to that of pork, and not as coarse or flavourless as the meat of grizzlies. The most favoured cuts of the black bear’s meat are concentrated in the legs and loins. Meat from the neck, front legs and shoulders is usually ground into stews and casseroles.

Really? So, bear meat is edible. Good to know – said Daryl Dixon. Maybe next time we see the bear, it will sense we see it as a yummy steak and be as scared from us as we are of it? I doubt it.

What about you? Any wild games and general wildlife in your backyards?

21 thoughts on “Wild Games

  • January 6, 2016 at 5:14 pm
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    Oh my goodness! Even though I know that bear is dangerous, he or she is so beautiful! I would be ecstatic to see something that amazing outside. Here in Texas we are likely to see whitetail deer or wild hogs outside.

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    • January 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm
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      I was thrilled too until hubby said “hon, if a country boy (meaning himself) tells you to get in the house…you get IN the house”. lol 😀

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  • April 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm
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    Great pics! We saw bears frequently at my hubby’s ski house. Momma would come by with her cubs (which were soooo cute) but it was dangerous as people were feeding them. This would make them come closer to houses and, inevitably, not end well. We took some super cute pics and then scared them off with firecrackers. But, a few times when we WEREN’T at the house the bear learned to take the screen off the bottom floor window, slide it open and climbed inside to get bagels!! A little scary.

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    • April 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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      Oh my goodness! I have read they are very intelligent but this level of skill is worrisome. :/
      Well, one thing I can do besides not leaving garbage out, is to avoid planting bushes bears like. *makes note*

      ps. How cute to see a bear with her cubs. 🙂

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  • April 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm
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    Love the picture of Cute and her outfit. Always be on the look out, they are hungry this time of the year and are looking for anything they can find. Listen to the birds and sometimes you can smell them prior to seeing them. Loud noises work well, air horns are great. Thanks for sharing your wildlife.

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    • April 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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      You can SMELL them? I think that by the time I will be able to smell the bear, it might be too late. 😀

      However, I will definitely try to be as alert as possible and pay attention to the signs you mention. Thank you 🙂

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  • March 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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    I guess you have to be “on guard” while they pass through. I love the green around your home, it is beautiful!!!

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    • March 25, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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      Thank you for visiting! I loved the green too when we first saw the house. 🙂

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  • March 25, 2015 at 1:55 pm
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    Cute baby! You have such amazing green space around you! I’m in the city, so not too much wildlife around me unless you count pigeons. 😛

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    • March 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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      Thank you! New England has a lot of water – terrible for basements – but vegetation thrives with very little effort. Being a city girl I too, pigeons and the occasional…roach was all the wild life I had seen before I moved here.

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  • March 25, 2015 at 12:51 am
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    Not sure I would like to live around. I do like them, but would rather go to the zoo to see them.

    Have a lovely rest of the week!

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    • March 25, 2015 at 11:20 am
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      I have the same feelings, too. They are good to see on documentaries rather than in our backyard. Have a great week too!

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  • March 24, 2015 at 9:46 am
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    yikes! but so cute, though. we were just in california, and i noticed that there were signs that mountain lions have been recently seen in the area we were about to hike through. no thank you!
    b

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    • March 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm
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      Good catch noticing that! Better miss on a fun hike than become lunch. 😀

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  • March 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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    Ummm…yeah, I would just leave them alone. lol We have deer through our yard all the time, wild turkeys, racoons, squirrels, and foxes. What we don’t always see (even though my neighbors have) are the bears (lots of paw prints) and mountain lions (more paw prints). When we first moved here, I had an encounter with a bobcat. He was only about 12ft away. By the time I truly listened to this one bird cawing the emergency call, there was the bobcat. Luckily, I was on the porch and looked bigger. Actually, we both startled one another. He slowly walked away, while keeping an eye on me. – LISTEN and watch the birds.

    That picture of Cute is adorable! Love the outfit! 🙂

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    • March 22, 2015 at 9:44 pm
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      Mountain lions and bobcats?! 12ft is a darn close call. Are you worried at times about your little ones experiencing such an encounter?

      This year I will try to pay attention when the bear passes,- like you suggest – and see if I can hear any different calls. Every time I am at the yard and particularly when my daughter is with me, I look every few minutes/seconds around in hopes to see the bear in time and run for it.

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      • March 31, 2015 at 11:51 pm
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        When we first moved here, I was a little worried. But, the animals do not want to be around people. Deer sometimes get close, but will run if they feel in danger. As far as kids, I do not let k play outside by himself or wander off. One of us is always close by him when outside. The bobcats, mountain lions, and bears are usually out at night, dusk, and sunrise. During the day, there are rare sightings…unless one lives closer to the national parks / mountains. If we would have bought more land and moved to a more secluded area, we would be armed when outside – just in case. We are the ones encroaching on their territory. That is something I keep in mind at all times.

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        • April 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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          We are the ones butting in, yes. Even where I live now, which is a rural but quite inhabited area. As long as I can keep my baby safe, I am ok with the bear passing by.

          I think I need to persuade hubby to add some fenced area. <_<

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