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.
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
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.
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.
Yesterday’s post included a picture of a coyote in Bent Tree, captured by a motion-activated gamecam in June. The same gamecam photographed a black coyote in Bent Tree last year (see photograph below). Coyotes are natural predators of whitetail deer. Recent research spearheaded by USDA Forest Service wildlife biologist John Kilgo shows that coyotes may be a game-changer in whitetail deer management. Kilgo led a multi-year study on the effect coyotes are having on deer populations in the southeastern United States. According to Kilgo, “Coyotes are acting as top predators on deer, and controlling their numbers.” Kilgo said that in the last ten years, the South Carolina deer population has declined by over 35%, and that coyotes have played a major role in the decline. See links below for more information on the research.