Bear News

September 9, 2012 - bear in Bent Tree


  • “To the best of our knowledge, the bear family remains alive and well and has not been trapped. Since they have not returned to the Swim Club area, DNR is picking up their two traps from the property today.”  - Jill Philmon, General Manager Big Canoe, from July 18 email blast to BC
  • “Please Note: As you may know, the bears in Bent Tree are busy migrating around the property.  Bent Tree Public Safety asks that you do not leave trash, pet food, bird seed or any other edible material outside, in your vehicle, garage, porch or other accessible areas.  This would include the common trash pick up areas such as the mail center, golf course and pavilion. Lastly, remember to keep all exterior doors locked.” – Tom Fowler, General Manager Bent Tree, from July 20 email blast to BT

The subject of trapping/euthanizing “nuisance” black bears has been in the news this week.  Click here for a post from five years ago that addresses this same subject.  From that post you can link to even earlier posts on the subject. It is a sad situation that won’t get better unless people quit feeding the wildlife (whether intentionally or unintentionally).  The photo below is from 2011 and shows a bear trap in Bent Tree, set by the DNR to capture a nuisance bear.

Please do not feed the wildlife…

July 29, 2011 - Bear trap in Bent Tree

July 29, 2011 – Bear trap in Bent Tree

North Georgia Acorn Report 1985-2014

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October 14, 2014 - sprouting acorn in Bent Tree

The Georgia DNR released a graph (see below) showing the results of the oak mast surveys from 1985 to 2014. Last year’s acorn production rating was the lowest during the 30 year period, and this year’s is the second highest (second only to 1988). Click here for last year’s related 11/14/2013 post. The acorn photo above was taken a month ago, shortly after a rain. There was an abundance of sprouting acorns.

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Historical Acorn Report for North Georgia


November12, 2014 - panoramic shot from the dam at Lake Tamarack

The photo below was taken earlier this month, of the reflection of trees and leaves in Lake Tamarack. Click the photo twice to zoom in. The panoramic photo above was taken late yesterday afternoon.

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November 3, 2014 - Reflection in Lake Tamarack

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