The other afternoon I was walking to the field with Sophie when we stumbled on this little family. Sophie was quite intrigued.
‘That’s the biggest dog I have ever seen,” she exclaimed. I had to explain to her that this was a family of black bears or Ursus Americanus. Since momma was between her cubs and us, she did not seem unduly alarmed by our presence. This old momma bear has been around the neighborhood for many years and is very used to humans and their pets.
You can see her tracking collar. A neighbor who is really keen about bears told us that this old girl has been tracked traveling between Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina. That is a territory covering about 100 miles in length.
The two cubs pretty much ignored us as well, seeming content to just play in the grass at the base of this tree on Pine Croft Road. They glanced over at Sophie a time or two but seemed unconcerned.
Sophie and I stayed quiet, although Sophie’s ears were on high alert. Eventually momma bear ambled off down the road toward the creek. Her two cubs followed quickly along and did not even look back at us once.
Sophie and I continued down to the field where we had a rousing game of catch with her favorite ball. It was quite an adventure-filled day.
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8 thoughts on “Adventures with Ursus Americanus”
You and bears do have an affinity. Glad the bears were chill and so was Sophie (up to a point.)
Lol! Perhaps if I were a Native American … the black Bear would be my totem?
Sounds like a good totem for you.
I spend time between Elizabethton, TN, Charlotte, NC & Naples, FL (currently in the Charlotte area right now) Last year I was at my grandmothers in TN and a bear just wandered by her kitchen window. It was the closest I’ve ever been to one. They seem to be roaming about more these days in that area.
They do at that. But as long as we respect them as wild animals and remember the rules, there is typically no problem.
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