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Old 12-05-2015, 03:12 AM
 
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Good morning to all- One of the finest things about both my wife and me being retired is that we get to take some nice road trips. We load up our kayaks, and we go where we choose.
It seems that every time we pass a school which is in session while we're out doing our thing, we always look at each other and say,"I'm so glad we're not still in there." And that's the truth- I am very glad I'm not still in there fighting the good fight.
It's just good to not be working anymore.
Oh, and we made a discovery. We have a little fish camp over in Florida- just an RV on our cleared lot in the woods.
We've been having some kind of critter which cleans out our bird feeders- we get to see a very wide range of birds this time of year.
I expected raccoons and possums.
I set up a game camera to see who the culprit was.
Bears. Yep, at least two of them. One is a fairly small one, and the other is a massive big old male bear.
That's the end of after-dark strolls around the property for me!
Retired life is good- I should have done it forty years ago.
good day to all- Ed


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I retired in June. My mom and I had a plan that I would move to Florida for at least part of the year. That was the plan. I just cannot do it. I have small dogs that are used to going outside at night after dark and going potty and exploring their yard. The wildest things we have are possums, squirrels, and rabbits. My mom has foxes, coyotes, deer, and rumors of large cats. Now, if she was near or on the beach on the Gulf coast, maybe I'd change my mind.
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Nice bear! We purchased a game camera this summer to figure out what was tearing up our lawn at night. Thought it was an armadillo but it turned out to be a buck.

I think I would avoid the late night walks with bear in the area. We had a mountain lion in the area a year or so ago. It killed a deer and was seen by a neighbor. It moved on. I like animals that don't look at me like their next meal.
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Old 12-05-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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Beautiful bear...

I live 20 minutes from downtown in a subdivision. But we are surrounded by fields and woods and a horse farm on all sides. it feels rural even though its really not. We have the usual subdivision critters like raccoon, skunk, possum, and too many garden eating deer. But I've also seen and heard, coyote, fox, peacocks, wild turkey, and buzzards as big as chickens. Last spring we had a young male bear with a faulty sense of direction wander through. He eventually wandered back when he found no single lady bears. But it probably just a matter of time until bears take up permanent residence.
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Old 12-05-2015, 02:19 PM
 
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All I can say is "Yikes"!!!! You are right about enjoying the retirement life.


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I don't think I'd be going out at night either!
When driving by a school, I do the same as you, I try to imagine what's going on in there, thinking, "I'm so glad it's not me!" Retirement is the greatest!
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:47 PM
 
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Hear, hear! Definitely enjoy each day as it comes.

And each bear.....
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The bear looks healthy from all those good seeds.

It sounds as if you are doubly blessed. You are enjoying your outdoor life in Florida, and you have a spouse who seems to enjoy it with you. I went to high school and college in Florida, and I'm an outdoors kind of gal. I miss the nature I found in Florida. All I can find here in Georgia is the walking dead.
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Old 12-06-2015, 03:46 AM
 
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We have bears here in NH. I live three doors from the Post Office, right in town, and I have seen bears strolling up my street, sniffing the air for birdseed and garbage! It's been so warm here that we can't put the birdfeeders out yet...we have to wait till the bears go to bed for the winter. Luckily there's plenty of natural plant material for the birdies to eat.

We also see lots of little critters, including large flocks of wild turkeys, and the occasional lost moose. The deer stay away because there's an electric fence on the back border of our property (at least, I assume that's why).
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:23 PM
 
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I, too, love my retired life! But I wouldn't take any late night strolls in your Florida neighborhood, Ed! That is a big bear!

There are bears and mountain lions in the SoCal mountain area where I have a summer cabin. Very dark at night there, so no late night walks. I haven't seen any bears but I did invest in a can of bear spray, just in case. I hope it works if it's ever needed.

Here in the desert which is my main home the only truly scary critters are rattlesnakes and scorpions both of which I've seen up close, unfortunately.


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I live in Wyoming and all of our bears are sleeping now. Do bears in Florida hibernate??
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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I didn't realize that there were bears in Florida. Yep I had no clue. That being said the bear looks HUGE.
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re: florida bears
Old 12-07-2015, 12:12 PM
 
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Lubelle- Nope, they stay wide awake all year long. They are able to find plenty of food during the cool months- we don't really get any cold weather there.
The most interesting part about this whole discovery- our bird feeder is about 30 feet from our RV front door, so our bears are strolling around very close to us.
As long as they stay there, I'll stay here, and we'll all be happy
Good day to all- Ed
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