11 September 2012

The New Neighbor

Filed under: Reflections — ktismatics @ 11:25 am

Here’s the local newspaper article with “photos courtesy Anne Doyle.”

…And now the big-city paper has picked up the story and pics.

…And now the Denver CBS affiliate is going to run the story on the 5 pm news, with pics.

…And here’s the video of the news story, with pics.



  1. Is that a little bear or a big tree?


    Comment by Asher Kay — 11 September 2012 @ 11:40 am

  2. Big tree, big bear — the ranger on the scene estimated 200 pounds. Once our fuzzy buddy climbed down they fired a beanbag and some rubber shot at him. He didn’t even mutter a “WTF?” under his breath as he rumbled across the prairie and over the hill. I added the link to the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper article at the bottom of the post, which includes a few more details and 2 photos from Anne, including the one in my post and one of the ranger shooting the bear. This is like 200 yards from our front door. Okay, make it 300 yards (I stepped it off.)


    Comment by ktismatics — 11 September 2012 @ 11:47 am

  3. UPDATE: the story has now made it into the Denver Post, along with Anne’s photos.

    SECOND UPDATE: a newsroom staffer from the Denver CBS affiliate just called Anne asking her permission to use the photos in the story they’ll be running this afternoon on the 5 pm news.


    Comment by ktismatics — 11 September 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  4. Practically every morning I walk past the Bear Tree. I didn’t on the morning of the bear sighting — two ladies with babies in strollers told me about the bear while I was taking out the compost. This morning though I realized that I could easily have walked right past a 200-pound bear sitting in that tree without even noticing. The realization of my own obliviousness was confirmed later in this morning’s walk. A possibility had just drifted into my awareness — what if I move a chapter break up a few pages? — when I heard a small noise off to the right. I looked: four deer were standing about twenty feet from me. I would have walked right by without noticing if one of them hadn’t stepped on a branch.


    Comment by ktismatics — 13 September 2012 @ 7:37 am

  5. On Anne’s Facebook posts about the bear she got 82 comments and 76 likes. Me, I got 1 comment and 0 likes. Of course she’s the one who took the photos, but who told her about the bear? And who told her to get the camera? Ah what the hell, I don’t have anything else to say about the fucking bear anyhow.


    Comment by ktismatics — 13 September 2012 @ 9:00 pm

  6. This afternoon the neighbors just across the street from us returned from a two week camping trip at Yellowstone. She asked if anyone saw a bear in the neighborhood while they were gone. Why yes, in fact, we did see a bear while you were gone; why do you ask? Because, she said, there’s bear shit on our back deck. Sure enough: it is a a pile of bear shit, a bit dried out, probably been there for a few days. That bear must have spent some time prowling the neighborhood before settling into the tree where he was spotted in the morning.


    Comment by ktismatics — 21 September 2012 @ 6:59 pm

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