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June 02, 2012

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Cindy

Bears in the country?

Or bears on Wall Street?

I don't know who can do the most damage.

OMG! Great photo.

Scott

Great question - do not know the answer :) My wife & I were actually discussing this at dinner tonight. We have time to decide. One thought is to work summers in Alaska (for the wilderness and as long as we have our health), live in more of a city type place the rest of the year. We'll see...

fred doe

I think this is the old Goldie Locks quandary? To much country or to much urban? There is a answer,(maybe Iowa) :) I now camp in the Delaware Water Gap. 20 years ago when I backed packed there, there wasn't as many black bears, now there are but I have no fear. Keep your food put away and I have a police whistle with me. I blow the whistle and they run away. I think they're cute but then I think 20 year old girls are cute but at 60 I don't want to tangle with ether:) I don't know if my system would work with with Grizzlies and I don't care to find out.

Jacq

LOL on Fred's comment! He might have to worry more about the "cougars".

Bill Birnbaum

After living so many years in suburbia, my wife and I opted for retirement in a more rural setting. So we moved to a "home in the country." We're eight miles north of Sisters, Oregon, a town of some 2,000 folks. We have deer, wild turkey, countless birds, snakes and cougars. Nighttime presents us with six billion stars to accompany the sound of the creek. Bill

Retired Syd

@Jacq: I don't think Bill is referring to the same type of cougars.

Barb

Oh good lord. and I get nervous when I visit my family in Denver because there are regular reports of mountain lions and th like near the city because the city is moving into the foothills.

Of courses texas has its snakes issues on occasion, and we have raccons galore....even in the burbs

Tamara

We like it all! We live in busy Orange County, CA, but we escape to the ocean and mountains on a very frequent basis. After a week or two in the mountains I'm ready for city life again, and after a week or two in the city I'm ready to head for quieter fields yet again.

I've been bobbing and weaving in this way for a long, long time, and it's probably why we are so fond of RV'ing . . . it permits us to bounce around as often as we wish.

dgpcolorado

@Barb, There are plenty of mountain lions here in the mountains, more so than the occasional visitors to the Denver suburbs. In most of the West where there are deer, aka "lion food", there are mountain lions. But they are so shy that one rarely sees them. Despite the numbers attacks are so rare that they are big news when they happen. I worry a lot more about lightning and drunk/distracted drivers than I do about big kitties. Of all the myriad critters that share my piñon-juniper-oak forest, the mountain lions are the most exciting to see. Bears are mostly a nuisance since they can be destructive and they rip apart my bluebird nest boxes and eat the chicks.

Six years ago I came home on my bicycle and saw some blood, hair, and drag marks in the snow on my driveway. The next day some Division of Wildlife researchers followed the drag marks and found the deer carcass stashed under one of my piñon pines. They hauled in a cage trap and trapped a mother and her kitten. They were anaesthetized and we carried them up to my garage where they could be measured, tagged, and radio-collared for an ongoing research project. Then we released them where we caught them next to their deer carcass. The mother weighed 101 pounds and the male kitten weighed 24 pounds. I later saw a map showing the GPS positions of the many radio-collared cats and my neighborhood was a mass of dots—Syd would be dismayed! Yet we hardly ever get a chance to see the big kitties because they are so shy.

The wide variety and abundance of wildlife is one of the things I most enjoy about living in the "country", to use Syd's term.

D. G. Pratt

Retired Syd

@DG--"Dismayed" is putting it lightly! But that is pretty neat that you can see the mountain lions on GPS map. Technology, wow.

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