Lake & Wildlife Program “Bear Essentials”

The program for Saturday’s Lake & Wildlife Partners Meeting is “Bear Essentials”, presented by the chairman of the Wildlife Subcommittee.  The meeting will be held at 9:30 Saturday morning in the Club Tamarack Rec Room.  Coffee and doughnuts are available beginning at 9:00.

The bear sat up, scratched his ear, then ambled on through the woods.

Black Bear in Bent Tree



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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


Deer and Mushrooms

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October 29, 2014 - Deer eating a mushroom

Deer eat mushrooms, including some that are toxic to humans. This doe and young buck in Bent Tree were choosing mushrooms over the plentiful acorns.

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“Bearly” There

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November 10, 2014 - Black Bear in Bent Tree


This bear was out and about in Bent Tree, yesterday. There was just enough time to grab a camera and snap a few blurry pictures, and then the bear was gone.

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November 10, 2014 - Black 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)

Coyotes and whitetail deer

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 the link below for more information on the research.

September 4, 2011 – black coyote in Bent Tree


  • Following is a May 2012 video interview with Kilgo.

Note – the above video is made available for embedding in websites by US FS Science Delivery enabling the YouTube “Share” option

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