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Have you spotted a bear recently in Douglas County?

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I'm serious. I'm a face book fan and read one friend's report about finding bear scat numerous times the past couple of weeks. Apparently her husband has heard a bear making ghastly bear sounds, the horses are too afraid to come out of the barn, and the family dog has returned home smelling to high heaven and scared.

I'm hearing reports of the bear scat sightings north of Baldwin City and surrounding a several mile area running east and west of a friend's farm. My friend reports her berries are still intact.

So reports of cougars and bobcats may be taking a back seat to bear sightings.

I didn't realize this was bear country, did you?

What's the strangest animal you've witnessed in your own back yard?

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tange 1 year, 10 months ago

Florence say: "rrrrrrrrrrr, I'm a bear" ...

/ does a bear swim in the woods?

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blue73harley 1 year, 10 months ago

I never spotted a bear but one night, inspired by bourbon, I added some red magic marker spots to my dalmation. My wife was not amused. No sense of humor.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 10 months ago

yes, he was poo'ing in the woods right next to farmland industries in anticipation of being hired as the waste engineer at Cromwell's new poopoo powerplant

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blindrabbit 1 year, 10 months ago

Don't know where you live, but there is a Highland herd over near Richland in Shawnee County, a few miles west of where the other Don's Steak House used to be. Maybe got loose from there; a friend of mine who is an avid bagpipe player, was so intrigued with the Scottish culture that he (my help) got one from there for his small farm in Olathe. They had all 5 recognized colors.

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cammieb 1 year, 10 months ago

One winter, a Scottish Highlander bull roamed in our backyard and our neighbors' yards for about a month. We called the police and animal control, but they couldn't catch it. I remember one police officer tried to catch it by calling, "here cow, cow, cow, here cow"! It was pretty funny watching that bull run away from the officer (he was obviously a city policed officer). Later, an officer showed up with some feed to try to catch it. But, Scottish Hoghlanders are pretty skittish. We eventually called some friends who had cattle in an area just outside Lawrence for advice. They came on horseback and lassoed it. We never quite figured out where the bull came from. We think he possibly followed the railroad tracks and cut off at some point into our neighborhood. He was fun entertainment for a few weeks!

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 10 months ago

I confess I had no idea what scat was so I did some research and looked it up. Quite interesting, actually. http://www.bear-tracker.com/animalscat.html here is a website with pictures of different species scat, including human. Great blog!

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Jay_lo 1 year, 10 months ago

Ronda is a cougar Prowling 'long the Kaw Looking for a youngster Who has left his ma

Hoping she can pounce Upon a deer boy there Going home alone Is more than she could bear

Chops she is a licking Waiting for a hunk Aroma of excitement Stronger than a skunk

Tracks along the mudbank All pointing her way Wilder than a panther So some people say

Hope some luck in hunting She will have tonight So that she doesn't need to scat With approaching morning light

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riverdrifter 1 year, 10 months ago

One person who has seen a cougar (maybe) told me he was going to shoot it and first thing after would wave a strong magnet over it to disable the satellite micro-chip tracking device implanted in it (by whomever) so that "they" couldn't track it down to him. Sigh. I'm reminded of the scene from The Wild Bunch wherein Lyle Gorch said: "They"? Who in the hell is "they?" If you get a good picture of a cougar or a bear (or whatever), send it to KDWP. They'll certainly come and verify it -as they did with the great shot of the big cat taken in Nemaha county last winter. Send them a pic of an old track in the mud and they won't give you the time of day. Anyway, we trail cam freaks are outh there in good numbers now and our cameras are clicking away -mine at the rate of 2 pics per second when something enters its detection zone. In addition I have it programmed to randomly 'wake up' and take a shot every hour just to try and catch a critter that's there but out of the detection range. Just trying to get lucky. These cats are here and I want one -on my SD card.

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asixbury 1 year, 10 months ago

One night, I was sitting outside my family's farm house west of Lindsborg, when I spotted a large tan-colored cat walking out of our over-grown cow pen. It was perhaps 30 feet directly in front of me before I realized what it was. I just kept thinking, it's too big to be a bobcat (seen plenty of them, actually accidentally petted a baby one once). Then its tail came whipping around, and it turned to look right at me. There's no mistake; that was a mountain lion. Next thing I notice, two cubs come running after their momma. The mom just stared at me and kept walking, not picking up pace or in any way frightened of me. I don't believe I have ever run that fast in my life! As I came running inside the house, I could only babble "there's a lion outside!" My mom and I looked out, and it was still casually walking across our yard with its cubs in tow. She was quite beautiful and so were her babies. Saw her a couple times more after that, always near the cow pen. I think she may have had her den in there; there were no cows anymore, and it is close to a creek.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 10 months ago

just: you hit that right-on! Fish and Game are either afraid of panicking the public or are part of species re-introductions and want to keep on the QT.

Real quiet about bison, elk, mule deer and pronghorn movments and re-locations On the QT about black-footed ferret releases out West Deathly afraid of comments about cougars (especially) bear, bobcat and maybe prairie wolves Don't dare talk about wild hogs and F&G helicopter hunts

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oldbaldguy 1 year, 10 months ago

Great blogs one and all today. Several years ago saw a cougar off of Rantoul Road on the way to Osawatomie. I have seen cougars before in Arizona. You never forget when yu see one in the wild. Told Fish and Game. Comment was might be an escaped. Could not be wild. When I was a kid we always saw cougar tracks along the creek on our farm near the Blue River. My grandfather talked about panthers in his day either black or tan and timber wolves that used to frequent the creek and river bottoms.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 10 months ago

Speaking of strange sightings: About 10 years a go, my son and I were driving west on Clinton Parkway (before K-10 ByPass was in) where Yankee Tank Creek goes under the Parkway. To the south (maybe 100 yards) we spotted a medium size, very dark animal running along the Creek, I say running, but really moving in a humping style typical of the way members of the weasel family get along. Due to it's size, we knew it was not a skunk, a mink or a weasel. Also, it did not have the flattened shape of a badger (which are not that uncommon here)( we also eliminated opossum and raccoon); wolverine came to mind. Being a biologist myself, we tried to figure this out logically, wolverines are not within at least 600 miles of here (and very rare even in Colorado), so what was it. Told the Fish and Game about the sighting, they agreed not a chance of a wolverine. Not a dog member, coyote, nor a bobcat! As it was misting that morning, we later that day walked out to see if we could spot tracks, but was not able to find anything. Still wondering what it was, still vivid image tape of the scene running in my mind when I think about it!

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

Well I could use a new coat. Probably has the mange though.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 10 months ago

For the bear's sake, I hope he hides-out. The last time there was a bear spotted near Baldwin City (maybe 25 years ago) it was tracked down and shot; for no reason other than being a bear. Maybe he was trying to get a ride on Thomas the Train (now in Baldwin)

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Scott Morgan 1 year, 10 months ago

Have seen a mountain lion near Vinland, there are here and have been for some time. Also when younger ran through the woods with a bare behind.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 10 months ago

The wife caught me with Goldie Locks, told her I was protecting her from three bears. My story and sticking to it

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

Bear meat. Tried it once. Greasy and more parasites than the House and Senate combined.

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prospector 1 year, 10 months ago

When I heard scat, I think of Louis Armstrong.

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autie 1 year, 10 months ago

Sure is a lot of bullscat on this thread. So much for Systematics and Ecology.

Does a bear scat in the woods?

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Phase 1 year, 10 months ago

This year has been full of unexpected critters by our pond. A wild pig just walking along, a dead bobcat kit (cub?) and yesterday a dead fawn --- still limp, not dead long.

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ssteve1 1 year, 10 months ago

I don't think we had any bears prior to Brownback or Bush. Those d@mn republicans!!!

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Dan Simons 1 year, 10 months ago

A week ago on the river trail I honestly thought I saw bear scat on the trail, but dismissed it as no way

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camper 1 year, 10 months ago

I'm not sure how big gar get out here, but they can scare you when they role on top of the water. In Livingston, TX one time we saw this and we were convinced we saw a Lochness Monster, only to finf out from the local fishermen that it was a big gar.

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camper 1 year, 10 months ago

A coyote or two is the most uncommon sighting I've seen (this was at the 23rd and Kasold area). Come to think of it, also saw a fox one time. But no bears unfortunately.

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pace 1 year, 10 months ago

I know many people who consider the sighting of an unusual animal, cat, dog, neighbor's cow, reason to shoot. Now the idea of a bear would pull their trigger. I wonder if there is a bear, hope it is not shot unless there is real reason. Just spotting it , is not reason.

I know some people like to own exotics, might be an escapee.

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Amy Heeter 1 year, 10 months ago

Black jack has a Bear skin in the cabin with a funny story connected. You should check that out.

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Crazy_Larry 1 year, 10 months ago

I saw a bear at the corner, a bear on the curve, and a bear in the right lane just made me swerve. Got the old wiggle-wagon wobblin'...yes he did. Bear country for sure. Bet your ash I saw a bear in the grass. I had to stand on the binders to keep from giving up some cash. As a matter of fact, I even saw a bear in the air. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWO_AIh8drk

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riverdrifter 1 year, 10 months ago

I remember when the bear was shot. It was treed and started to come down. Lot of folks around so George Rebman, the city marshal, offed it. I'm running two trail cams north and east of Baldwin in quest of a big cat pic. After 60 years I finally saw my first coug a while back. They are big and they are here but I don't think they are common by any means. They cover a lot of country, are solitary and largely nocturnal. So I saw one in a populated area in the middle of the day. Go figure.

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thebigspoon 1 year, 10 months ago

Dec. 27th 1990 under editorials. Felines and bruins.

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thebigspoon 1 year, 10 months ago

I found the article in the Dec 27th 1990 Journal World archives. The bear was killed in Baldwin in June of 1966. Can't get the link to work for some reason ???

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thebigspoon 1 year, 10 months ago

I remember in the lat 1960's maybe around 66 or 67 a black bear being treed and shot in a park in Baldwin. My Grandpa lived out by Vinland at the time and remember hearing about this then. It seems like it was mounted and kept at the city hall maybe ? My Dad was a rural mail carrier and I also remember about 1970 North of Farmers turnpike a guy named Merle Ward spotted a bear in his back yard one night and the game warden at the time came out and said they were indeed bear tracks. They thought that bear probably followed the Kansas river somehow.

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jjt 1 year, 10 months ago

Occasionally very late at night, and we are a couple of miles south of town, we hear a slight noise. On investigation we realize it is a teenager. They make little noise maybe a grunt or two and that's it, gone. Similar to Bears they are known to raid the fridge, eat cookies and drink milk.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

Unlike Ret, I don't gots no wet bar in the bedroom. More likely I gets a wet bed in the bar room. All . . . depends . . . on how . . . pampered I been.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

I been seein' quite a lot of $hiiiituff around these parts but I be thinkin' it's mostly BS. And mostly in the OTS. But waddaIknoe?

I did, ahem, happen to be lookin' off to the east tuther day though my 60x spottin' scope and spotted a bear. . . . make that "bare". That there neighbor lady prances 'round nekkid all hours of the day n' night. . . . er, uh, . . . least ways that's wut I hears (heres?)

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prospector 1 year, 10 months ago

Sure, they wonder into the brewery regularly. They don't seem to bother anyone.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 10 months ago

Pride night at Wilde's Chateau 24? Hell, I don't know, I am old, married, and don't stray too far from the wet bar in my bedroom.

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autie 1 year, 10 months ago

A black panther? Like a jaugar? There is no documented black phase nor any known evidence of a black phase for the North American cougar/mountain lion/painter/puma etc. Any sighting of such in Douglas County is more likely the elusive sensimilla house cat.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 10 months ago

Maybe you could bait the bear out into the open with a little girl eating porridge.

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rockchalker52 1 year, 10 months ago

The craziest sighting at our place was a few years back when an emu bolted from a nearby farm & took "refuge" towards the back of our property & in the neighbors front yard. It seemed like about half of the sheriff''s department was trying to corral that critter.
It got pigeon-holed up against a wire fence line where a couple of the county's finest tried to throw a blanket over it. Them boys did some fancy dancin' trying to keep their shin bones in tact. They went to Plan B which consisted of a guy with a tranquilizer rifle who was gonna shoot the sleepy-time dart at it. Well, they spent the better part of another hour trying to get the weapon to work. Apparently it jammed up & by the time they got it ready to fire, Mr(s) Emu had taken a powder. So everybody piled back into their respective bird chasin' vehicles & off they went down the road. Never did hear if they got their man...er, bird.

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KSense 1 year, 10 months ago

A mamma cougar with her cub in tow. Just up the road a black panther was seen once. But I guess that's not so strange. What's the general range of "North of Baldwin"? Are we talking Vinland area or further west? I've got a personel interest so that's why I ask.

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Pywacket 1 year, 10 months ago

No bear sightings, but the hubby saw a cougar north of Baldwin (on a dirt road near Signal Oak) a few years back. And he had a good, long look at it in broad daylight. Contrary to what the KDWP might have you think, there is no way a bobcat, deer, great dane, or anything else could be mistaken for a cougar (aka puma aka mountain lion).

We see foxes regularly and hear coyotes every night--what sounds like a huge pack of them ranging around. We don't see them much, but they are always near.

I hope the bear sighting is a mistake. A large predator out of its normal habitat could be trouble--probably for the bear, as many people would shoot it even if it wasn't behaving in a threatening manner. But it could also be trouble for humans and domestic animals. Thanks for the info. I'm always armed with a camera, so if I see & "shoot" it, you'll be the first to know.

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aandpfarm 1 year, 10 months ago

Range and Habitat: The original distribution of the black bear in Kansas probably encompassed the eastern half of the state, where it occupied forest and woodland habitats. Farther west it was found principally in riparian forests along stream and river courses, and was probably rare or absent from open grasslands. Presently, the black bear may occur in southeastern Kansas only as individuals dispersing from Missouri and Arkansas (see remarks section).

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aandpfarm 1 year, 10 months ago

I think is was miss Miller siting in a lawn chair

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 10 months ago

We get a lot of healthy looking raccoons and possums off the golf course. I saw a coyote lounging on the side yard recently, and we've had many red fox with kits over the years....black bear? Not yet!

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autie 1 year, 10 months ago

Sasquatch. But only on Friday night and after 9 o'clock.

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