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Bear coming out from behind a stump

There have been a lot of bear sightings over the last year, and many people in Bent Tree have taken some amazing bear pictures.  A few years ago, it seemed like I saw bears everywhere I went in Bent Tree.  Then I hit a long, dry spell.  Until last Monday, I hadn’t seen a bear since 2014.  On Monday, this bear appeared from behind an old stump.  I was able to grab my camera and snap a couple of pictures before the fast-moving bear went across the street and behind some trees.  The pictures aren’t great, but I’m happy.

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June 5, 2017 – Black bear in Bent Tree


Big Canoe Bears

Click here to link to an article in the Big Canoe Smoke Signals.  It tells the sad ending to an already sad story about the trapping/relocating of bears from Big Canoe.

Quoting from the article: “Yeargin said the people of Big Canoe are responsible for these bears’ deaths. He added they lost their fear of humans with provided food, sentencing them to death.”  Mitch Yeargin works for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Please do not feed the wildlife.

September 9, 2012 - bear in Bent Tree - bears from Bent Tree have also been trapped and relocated to Cohutta


BTW – It’s bear season, too.

Yesterday heralded the beginning of bow hunting season in Georgia.  And, it’s not just for deer.  Bear archery season is also underway.  I have absolutely no idea what that means for bears in Bent Tree.  Click here for the Georgia hunting regulation regarding bear.

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September 6, 2012 - Bear in Bent Tree


It’s a wild, wild life

Today’s post is a recap of several previous posts that contain pictures of the wildlife here in beautiful Bent Tree. Click the following post titles to see the photos:

There’s no way to sugarcoat this

Click here to link to a story about a bear trap in Big Canoe that led to disastrous results. Note – it appears the article is no longer available online. It told of a bear cub being decapitated after following its mother into a bear trap in Big Canoe.

Following is a picture of a similar bear trap used in Bent Tree.

Bear trap in Bent Tree last summer (July 29, 2011)

The bear with a bird’s eye view

When you’re hiking in Bent Tree, be aware of what is on the ground and up in the trees. Look closely at the following picture and you will see a black bear way up in a tree. Below that are pictures of the bear coming down the tree (click on thumbnails for larger images).

Bear getting a bird’s eye view of Bent Tree


Bear relocation

According to the rumor mill, there have been several “nuisance” Bent Tree bears trapped, tagged, and relocated elsewhere (by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources) this year. Following is a picture of a trap that was used by the DNR in Bent Tree last year.  Click here to link to the Georgia DNR fact sheet on black bears.  The guest speaker scheduled for the September Lake & Wildlife Committee meeting is Mitch Yeargin of the Georgia DNR.  The topic will be “Living with Black Bears”.  Lake & Wildlife Committee meetings are open to all Bent Tree property owners (and renters).  The September meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on September 1st at the Club Tamarack Rec Room.

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Bear trap in Bent Tree last summer (July 29, 2011)