This just in from a fellow writer at work:
When I got home Monday evening, a bear was snacking on the bird feeders in the back yard. My wife Cynthia was sitting on the back deck watching the squirrels just before noon, when all of a sudden they split. She then saw the bear coming around the side of the house, about 15 feet away. She got up slowly and said, “Hello, bear,” whereupon it ambled off the other direction.
The photos are taken through a screen door, so are a bit fuzzy.
No more feeding the birds this summer!
When I pinged the fellow to get permission to use the pictures he added, “Sure. I hope the bear sticks to bird feeders and garbage cans, and doesn’t get shot.”