Black Bears, Coyotes, and More Have Been Seen in This Dover, NH Backyard [PHOTOS]
Honestly, I feel like this would be equal parts super cool and super terrifying. Possibly because I watched one of those D-list "on demand" movies not too long ago when nothing else was on some weekend night, and in that movie a massive black bear used one of the main characters as a play toy.
Which, quite honestly now that I think of it, I FULLY regret watching that movie and coming across the post that I just did, because this basically happened right down the street from the WOKQ studios. But still, even that aside, it's kind of cool because, on the other hand -- when do you ever really see a black bear NOT on a documentary, movie, or commercial?
For Facebook user Kaitlyn Marie, she can actually answer that question with, "a couple of nights ago in my backyard, actually." Kaitlyn posted a picture from her game camera taken on Monday night in the The (un)Official City of Dover, NH page on Facebook of a black bear in her backyard.
According to Kaitlyn, the bear was wandering the trails along her backyard on Middle Road in Dover, right near Tendercrop Farm (which is a KILLER place if you haven't been yet, by the way). Actually, I wonder if the bear has been to Tendercrop? Maybe looking for a nice little cobb salad?
In all seriousness, Kaitlyn's parents actually commented on her post and mentioned that they get A LOT of wildlife in their backyard along those trails, everything from black bears (clearly) to coyotes, foxes, deer, fisher cats -- you name it, they see it.
Look at that thing -- looks like it's on the prowl for something!
But seriously, all "OMGZ SEEING BEARZ 'N COYOTEZ IN BACKYARDZ IZ KOOL" nature loving aside -- and don't get me wrong, it IS cool to see nature happen right before us -- this is a really good reminder to WATCH YOUR PETS. Especially if you have to take ole Fido or FiFi out for a late night tinkle.
Like a commenter, Tom Mooney, said in the thread of Kaitlyn's post:
With the warmer weather, black bears are beginning to wake up from hibernation. They are hungry. If you have bird feeders out at the moment, I strongly urge you to bring them inside. I have spoken on behalf of NH fish and game as a fish and wildlife steward.
It doesn't matter if you're in Dover, Concord, Portland or Westbrook -- nature is everywhere, so keep yourself, your kiddos, and your furbabies safe and sound! And as for me? I'll just have Chio and Kira protect me. I mean, we call Chio our big cuddly teddy bear anyway, so he can probably tell the bear to leave us alone since we're in his pack, right? CHIO?! RIGHT?!