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(23,297 posts)
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 11:40 AM Sep 2021

Second bear in my plum tree in the last few days...UPDATE

Last edited Fri Sep 10, 2021, 03:07 PM - Edit history (1)

This one is collared and not as big as the one who came through in Sunday. The plums are just now ripe enough to pick but there aren’t any left that I can get to even with a ladder. Some years are like that. I believe the bears know more than we do when it comes to weather changes and winter coming.

UPDATE: So my husband talked to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear warden yesterday asking about this collared bear. He was told that FWP doesn't collar black bears and this little bear was collared by the biologists at the MPG Ranch near Florence, MT. I don't know how the MPG gets authorization to collar bears...and that's a whole argument by itself but what's interesting is that this bear got to my house in the Rattlesnake Creek drainage from Florence! That's over 25 miles. Fascinating!!

Here’s last night’s bear:

Sunday’s bear:

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Second bear in my plum tree in the last few days...UPDATE (Original Post) MontanaMama Sep 2021 OP
Whoa! Diamond_Dog Sep 2021 #1
They're sure tearing the heck out of my tree. MontanaMama Sep 2021 #3
Oh my! I hope he leaves a couple for you to enjoy! N/t Quakerfriend Sep 2021 #2
Wow! Jim G. Sep 2021 #4
They've already cleaned out most of the plums so MontanaMama Sep 2021 #6
Bear sez EYESORE 9001 Sep 2021 #5
I'd give up a few plums for bears Bayard Sep 2021 #7
So cute! cilla4progress Sep 2021 #8
I have so many plums this year markie Sep 2021 #9
Maybe you have it backwards... Harker Sep 2021 #10
+1 Irish_Dem Sep 2021 #13
Oh my gosh. MontanaMama Sep 2021 #15
When I lived in Colorado, we called those glass containers Harker Sep 2021 #16
That's exactly right. MontanaMama Sep 2021 #18
We have the same problem, except it's squirrels instead of bears sakabatou Sep 2021 #11
The one without the collar looks ... 3catwoman3 Sep 2021 #12
Oh I think he's very well fed. MontanaMama Sep 2021 #17
Face it, you are hosting a nightly bear buffet. Irish_Dem Sep 2021 #14
K&R MatthewHatesTrump2 Sep 2021 #19


(23,297 posts)
3. They're sure tearing the heck out of my tree.
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 11:46 AM
Sep 2021

Lots of broken branches…however, I live in a busy wildlife corridor and so it is what it is.

Jim G.

(14,811 posts)
4. Wow!
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 11:49 AM
Sep 2021

I would get one of those aerosol signal airhorns (like they use on boats) if you want to scare them away.


(23,297 posts)
6. They've already cleaned out most of the plums so
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 11:56 AM
Sep 2021

there’s not much for them to come back for at this point…except I do have an apple tree in the back yard that is loaded with fruit. That’ll be next!


(24,723 posts)
8. So cute!
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 12:46 PM
Sep 2021

Always a good year for me when I see a bear. Haven't in a couple years! Only their poop...

Thanks for the pics!


(22,756 posts)
9. I have so many plums this year
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 12:59 PM
Sep 2021

that I would almost welcome the bears coming to help me pick... (I did say almost ) unfortunately they come for the plums and then I have to keep them away from the chickens and bees... usually the bears are most active in the spring here... lots of woods in the back to keep them fed in summer


(14,007 posts)
16. When I lived in Colorado, we called those glass containers
Thu Sep 9, 2021, 11:12 PM
Sep 2021

of sugar water "hummingbear" feeders.

I thought using a long pole from our front deck to attach one maybe forty feet up a pine would be safe.

I finally found it, mangled and drained, fifty yards down the driveway.

It was their mountain; they just tolerated us living on it.


(23,297 posts)
17. Oh I think he's very well fed.
Fri Sep 10, 2021, 10:44 AM
Sep 2021

I live in a little valley that has a ton of fruit trees. It’s a bear feed bag.

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