Black Bear Visits Shady Rest Neighborhood

With no sense of urgency, a black bear came out of the woods and meandered yard to yard in search of bird feeders.

A lone bear came out of the woods and stood below the tall deck of the Budman family.  He stayed in the driveway for quite a while, undeterred by their barking dogs.  

After a while he meandered across the street to the Gaffney family home, where several bird feeders hang along the periphery of the large yard.  While the bear checked feeder after feeder, the family came out onto the deck and snapped these awesome photos.  

When the bear gave up on the feeders, he walked to the end of Barker Drive, made a left, and lazed about a yard on the corner, walking around the house, probably in search of more feeders.  Several children on bikes came out to take photos, and some played not more than 20 feet from the bear, who seemed very nonchalant about the company.

Eventually, the bear returned to the woods, having made the day of many of the Shady Rest neighbors. "He had no fear of us, and he wasn't threatening in the least. It was a joy to see him," Bob Gaffney said.

Richard Hooker July 08, 2012 at 02:56 PM
go ahead and hug a bear with a jar of honey in your hand....see how that gets you.That is laughable where you actually defend with "violent encounters with black bears rarely lead to serious injury". My guess is that you're a peta protector, and your next issue is leading the charge for saving the mosquitoes...
Bodie July 08, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Well said ............One visits me from time to time and he is very wary and we both like it that way
Daniel Patti July 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Where is the Shady Rest neighborhood? Thanks
Eric Larson July 08, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Well I saw a black bear this morning in my yard on Valley Field South. Looked to be around 200 pounds. And yes I've seen black bears before in other parts of the state. Those I have seen have been tagged. As to safety, a bear is a wild animal. Use caution when encountering a bear. Despite what some think, they have the capability of attacking.
Christine Rose July 08, 2012 at 07:16 PM
At the end of Walnut Tree Hill in Sandy Hook. It is right on the river, bordered by protected woods. Looks like a really nice place to live!


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