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Black bears continue to visit Middlesex

Carol Clark took this photo of a black bear eating from her bird feeder Friday in Deltaville.
A large black bear raided bird feeders and looked for other food in the yard of Dick and Carol Clark on Healy Creek in Deltaville on Friday, August 14.

The distance from the top of one hanging bird feeder to the ground is 6 feet 8 inches and the bear stood while snacking.

The Clarks said the bear also bent a wrought iron hummingbird feeder stand to the ground, and apparently tried to push over a 5-foot-tall air conditioning compressor.

“Our friend stayed probably an hour and was very gentle and non-aggressive,” said Mrs. Clark. “He actually seemed tired.  We kept our distance as he ate bird seed from the feeders.

“In all of the visit, the bear showed absolutely no fear of us.  At 6:30 p.m., he went about his business as if we and our neighbors who joined us [in the watch] were not there,” she said.

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posted 08.17.2009

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