Monday, December 17, 2012

Bear Trees

   It's not every day that a person can go out in the woods and see a Black Bear, but you can easy go out and see evidence that they are around.  Some readily found bear sign are territorial marking trees.  The other day, I took the boys on a side-excursion to show them a "bear marker tree", which in this case was a powerline pole.
Bear marker tree - a scratched pole
Black Bears bite, or claw, marks on certain trees and poles, apparently as some form of communication.  The topmost scratches on this pole must be close to 7 or 8 feet high.
   The bears also rub against the marker tree as evidenced by the snagged bear hair the boys spotted.
 Here is another pole bearing bear sign.  You can see there are even chunks of wood ripped out of the pole.
Bear sign - claw or bite marks on pole
I thought seeing those scratched-up poles on top of the mountain would add some "joy in the journey".
I figured that seeing those bear markings will fill the woods with bears in the boys imagination.
Let's see... our little excursion was a few days ago...  "Hey, boys, are there any bears on top the mountain?"  One says, "Oh yeah there is!"  The other says, "Those are some pretty big bear!"


  1. Like massive cat-scratch posts !

    1. Sybil,
      The boys like that idea!