We live in a quiet wooded neighborhood adjoining 11,000 acres of State Game Lands and another 20,000 acres of a military base. There are three mountain ridges with creeks in the valleys and the area is home to a healthy black bear population.
Though he arrived late this year this dude makes an annual Spring pilgrimage into our neighborhood to raid the bird feeders once he's up and about each year. I'll keep my feeders down for a couple of weeks and he will head back up over the ridge where he belongs for the Summer. He'll repeat the process again in the Fall in an effort to fatten up for his long Winter nap.
This dude is a big bear. I had suet cakes hung on a tree limb with a hook that is over 8 feet off of the ground. He stood up and flipped the doors of the feeder open to knock the suet cakes out the other night. The empty feeder stayed in the tree.
Here is a shot of him from Easter morning. He emptied that sunflower seed feeder ball the other night and I guess he was hoping I had refilled it. Finding it empty he overturned the neighbor's garbage cans and ate the leftovers from the picnic they had yesterday.
He usually comes around in the wee hours of the morning, say between 1:00 and 4:00 AM. Does anyone have any tips on how I can set up a camera on a tripod in hopes of getting a better shot of him?