By: David Mizejewski
I'm certain that local Bigfoot hunters are going to get lots of calls about this one.
This animal is of course not a Bigfoot, but an American black bear. Black bears are indeed able to stand on two legs, but they almost never walk around that way. I'm not sure what's up with this particular bear. It's possible that its front paws or legs could have been injured, forcing it to adapt its method of locomotion.
Much more troubling than the bear moving about bipedally is the fact that it's hanging out in suburbia checking out the trash cans for food. A bear that is so habituated to humans, and sees our trash as a food source, is a dangerous one.
Here are some tips to avoiding conflict with black bears in our cities and towns:
- Never feed a bear. Bears that associate people with food are likely to approach humans, which usually ends up with a dead bear.
- Don't put your trash cans out until the morning of trash collection to avoid tempting bears.
- Don't feed pets outside, or store their food outside, which is likely to attract bears to your property.
- If bears are eating from them, you need to take your bird feeders down. You can put them back up in the late fall when bears go down for hibernation. If you have lots of native plants in your yard, the birds will have plenty to eat in the form of berries, seeds, nuts and insects.
- Learn more about predators living in our cities and towns from this article from National Wildlife magazine.