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.

jack guidi July 07, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Thats awsome. Nice pictures
Michael July 08, 2012 at 01:31 AM
We saw the same guy on Valley Stream Thursday night around 7:30pm while out walking. Just seemed to be minding his own business. Not even interested in us.
Christine Rose (Editor) July 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
People say maybe we are forcing them out, but it would be kind of nice to think there is getting to be less fear between nature and humans than there used to be.
michael sereday July 08, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Don't be naive people. I grew up in the adirondack mts. and the mere fact that that bear isn't afraid of people is a huge problem. I live on Deer Tr. and that bear has been coming to my house for a couple of years now, last year with two cubs. To come within 20 ft of that bear is a death wish. If its not afraid and feels threatened it will attack. Ask any expert a bear who is not afraid is dangerous to people. So if you see her again get in the house . If you get between her and food or especially her and her cubs, which she will probably have hidden so u don't know where they are and you might be in between her and them and not even know it, she will attack.
Wayne Addessi July 08, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Can the bear and cubs if any be found and moved? Concerned for children.
Christine Rose (Editor) July 08, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Must be more than one bear in the area. Residents said it was obviously a male. I heard on the radio recently that there are only about two bear attacks in the US a year, and yet I know experts say they are extremely dangerous. Probably better to be safe than sorry. Wayne, they live on the fringes of deep woods by the Eagle Conservation area. As Gaffney said, "This is their home."
DAY July 08, 2012 at 04:19 AM
"...it would be kind of nice to think there is getting to be less fear between nature and humans than there used to be." Yes. Let's tell all the children to run up to the bear and hug him/ her next time. if they find an eastern timber rattler, maybe they can pet it. While they're at it, let's have the kids use butterfly nets to catch bats at night.
Richard Hooker July 08, 2012 at 04:54 AM
These people are just idiots if you think its ok that this bear had no fear. That is the most dangerous bear of all!! It is unreal that these stupid STUPID parents actually allowed their children to be within 20ft of a bear! They should be arrested for endangering minors! The pure stupidity of people is unreal!
Christine Rose (Editor) July 08, 2012 at 05:27 AM
From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_black_bear Unlike grizzly bears, which became a subject of fearsome legend among the European settlers of North America, black bears were rarely considered overly dangerous, even though they lived in areas where the pioneers had settled. Black bears rarely attack when confronted by humans, and usually limit themselves to making mock charges, emitting blowing noises and swatting the ground with their forepaws. However, according to Stephen Herrero in his Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, 23 people were killed by black bears from 1900 to 1980. The number of black bear attacks on humans is higher than those of the brown bear, though this is largely because the black species outnumbers the brown rather than greater aggressiveness.
Christine Rose (Editor) July 08, 2012 at 05:27 AM
The incidence of bear attacks in parks and campgrounds declined after the introduction of bear-resistant garbage cans and other reforms Compared to brown bear attacks, violent encounters with black bears rarely lead to serious injury. However, the majority of black bear attacks tend to be motivated by hunger rather than territoriality, and thus victims have a higher probability of surviving by fighting back rather than submitting. Unlike grizzlies, female black bears do not display the same level of protectiveness to their cubs, and seldom attack humans in their vicinity.[40] The worst recorded fatality incident occurred in May 1978, in which a black bear killed three teenagers who were fishing in Algonquin Park in Canada.[75] The majority of attacks happened in national parks, usually near campgrounds, where the bears had become habituated to human contact and food.[40] 1,028 incidences of black bears acting aggressively toward people, 107 of which resulted in injury, were recorded from 1964 to 1976 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and occurred mainly in tourist hotspots where people regularly fed the bears handouts.[75]
Sam Mihailoff July 08, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Thomas Crafts July 08, 2012 at 09:42 AM
richard, That's gods way of cleansing the gene pool.
Thomas Crafts July 08, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Black bears can and will kill you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_bear_attacks_in_North_America http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-519289.html
Wayne Addessi July 08, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Thank you . That's my point. Can the animal patrol handle capturing and releasing if necessary?
Royce Faina July 08, 2012 at 12:39 PM
A commentor spoke about female black bears not displaying the same protective fronts as a griz. The fact is, and I living here in Laramie, Wyoming, more people are injured and or killed by black bears than any other bear species in the U.S. The bear(s) need relocated. Eventualy a human (and more than likely a child) will be attacked and the bear killed. A lose-lose situation. I love wild life, but I always remember that they are, "WILD" no matter how tame they are. Royce Faina, Laramie, Wyoming
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 (Editor) 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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