Robert Alls sent this message into us describing his bear sighting experience: “I live in Karen Hills in Salem. On June 9,around 12:15 p.m. about 90 degrees and very humid. I had just finished watering my tomato plants. I got a can of soda pop from the refrigerator and took a seat on our screened-in back porch to cool off. Suddenly Ellie, our Miniature Schnauzer started barking frantically. Schnauzers are famous for their barking, so I paid little attention at first. When her barking became even more intense, I casually turned to see what had her in such a lather. To say the least, I was surprised to see a black bear just on the other side of the screen from Ellie and me. Knowing the dog’s bark would irritate the bear, I quickly scooped Ellie into my arms and put her in the house, out of harm’s way. When I turned back to the porch, the bear was still there and sniffing around the screen. Being the brave soul that I am, I said “Shoo.” The bear just looked at me. The second time, more loudly, I said “Shoo, shoo!” This seemed to frighten the bear. He (or she) turned, put his foot right smack in the middle of my wife’s flowerpot, and pulled himself across our neighbor’s fence. He then disappeared into some shrubs on the far side of our neighbor’s lawn. The bear’s appearance that day did explain the suspicious muddy paw prints we had been seeing on our driveway for some time and why the gate on our fence appeared to be sprung from time to time.”
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OTHER BEAR SIGHTINGS AROUND SALEM:
* Sept 28: Sherry sees bear near Creekside Drive
* Sept. 14: Susan Shotts reports more bears around Poor Mountain
* Sept. 14: Patrick Buck reports increase in bear sightings on Harborwood Road
* Sept. 9: Pam Means shares photos of a bear in her backyard
* Sept. 4: Donna Page reports seeing bear near Poor Mountain
* Aug. 21: Sandy Cooper reports bears rooting through trash cans at foot of Poor Mountain.