It pays to advertise– last week the print edition of the Botetourt View ran a picture of a Fincastle bear dining on apples which elicited a bear story response from a Buchanan reader!
Helen Beavers from Buchanan reported a bear came in her house creating a huge mess! She moved in the house on June 13, the next weekend on Friday the 19th of June, she was at home by herself. Her bedroom is on the main floor and she had gone to sleep. The bedroom door was closed. She shares the house with her grandchildren. She heard a noise during the night but thought it was her daughter. Her daughter woke her up later and said for her to come see the kitchen. “The kitchen was trashed. We thought it was a neighbor’s dog.” The kitchen window screen was torn open. A little while later she hear a noise again. The bear was trying to get back in the window. She went for the gun. “He went around the house between them and a neighbor. The dog came out spotted it and chased it in the woods. I Could see the claw marks in the screen. Around the house the bear shred five window screen,” said Beavers. The bear had actually gone upstairs and moved the baby’s furniture had been moved around. She had bear paw marks on the trunk of her car. Different people have seen the bear since but it hasn’t been around here. Beavers lives at the bottom of Purgatory Mountain.
On Sunday morning at approximately 11:27 a.m. a Momma (Sow) Bear story at this reporter’s house five miles west of Fincastle. The husband came through the garage and yelled, “There’s a bear in the garden.” So we raced outside to get a look. I thought my brother’s beagles were chasing the bear. So I went down the walk and bellowed, “Come back here dogs!” Well, they were not beagles– they were baby bears. Momma Bear took- off loping across the field and crossed the road near the farm pond and her two babies tried to keep up. She looked over her shoulder to make sure they were following and honestly for such a dangerous situation as a Momma and her cubs can be- it was one of the most beautiful sights to see them leave the field and go to the woods. Her coloring was striking and the babies– precious!
She disappeared into the woods and the cubs followed her. They were about the size of Beagles. Surprisingly, they had rather large round ears and looked to be about 25-35 pounds. Momma on the other hand was a big gal at around 300 pounds. They did not get in the garden which is surrounded by an electric wire (because of deer). Better yet, the three beagles on premises that normally bark even at the wind, were soundless the whole time and were discovered shivering in their dog houses. Maybe they are smarter than they act!
Unfortunately, the bear visit unfolded too fast to get a photo but more than likely we’ll see her again!
Have you got a bear story or photo to share?
OTHER BEAR SIGHTINGS IN BOTETOURT:
* July 16: Bear sighting in Arcadia
* July 2: Photos of a mother bear and two cubs three miles north of James River High School
* July 1: Bear sighted galloping across U.S. 220