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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?

Comments

autie 2 years, 6 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Autie, was this before or after the cuzin's drank lightning fire and smoked the weeds they cut back?

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 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!

Topple 2 years, 6 months ago

I heard packs of coyotes quite often at nighttime when I lived in Northwest Lawrence. It's actually a very eerie sound to hear them cackling.

aandpfarm 2 years, 6 months ago

I think is was miss Miller siting in a lawn chair

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Goodness. I'm as innocent as the day is long

aandpfarm 2 years, 6 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).

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

We did have a very mild winter. Perhaps they are heading into new places as they're being displaced by different climates rather like the armadillo. They may be carrying lawn chairs as they proceed northward.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

One of the things I appreciate most about modern technology is the ability to snap a shot and share it immediately. I know river drifter does an amazing job with his stationary equipment. Maybe some of those who have witnessed the scat will consider doing something similar.

Be cautious. Do coyotes mess with your dogs and cats? We lost many on our farm in NW Kansas to coyotes. It's not a fun way for a German Shepard, or anything else for that matter, to go.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

I've worried my two Maltese would be easily scooped up and carried off by fox, coyote, owl. Now that one weighs 12 pounds instead of five, that is less likely but still a frightening possibility. I accompany them outside to do their business too - they have me trained quite nicely.

I didn't know coyotes liked pears! How about paw paw? Lol We didn't have much to forage in NW Kansas so they did hit chickens and all else hard.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

They've absolutely been bread to be cling ons. Lol. I grew up with German Shepards which I adore. Then I had English Pointer show dogs as a young adult. Loved them as well. The Maltese are just like the long haired white cats we had on the farm except they are on me if I'm anywhere within distance. I didn't think I'd enjoy their smother love, but I do. They are darling. I love their antics to gain attention. They resort to sneezing and bouncing on hind legs to flipping their ears with their front paws. They are hysterical. Ive always fallen for small living things of any kind. It must be a maternal instinct. Now if the city will allow me a miniature pony, life would be grand. And yeah, they would be about as worthless as the Maltese - play things.

I am generally very cautious with what I try feeding my pets. I've heard of so many animals dying from certain foods. I've heard pawpaw are toxic to some humans - guess a horrific allergic reaction. We had a Siamese cat leapobstacles for cantaloupe though. She loved it.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, our little furry friends amuse and delight us in so many ways. A friend recently gave me a photo of a beautiful dog with the words Life Coach under it - how true it is. We learn much more from them about them and ourselves than we teach.

Terriers are darling - I love any breed of dog and there are so many to choose from. Our pups always scratch around in the covers and circle about as though they are nesting too. Most odd. I love how the smallest one goes potty. He's like a little ballerina, raising one leg here and one leg there. Here a leg, there a leg, everywhere a leg...leg... Ok, it isn't amusing when it's in the house.

The little people in my life think it is hysterical that the vet told me he thinks he is my husband. His little head on the pillow beside mine and body under the blankets. And he is a territorial nipper to anyone of I'm around - otherwise he's a snuggler.

Pets are absolutely as individual as people with quirks and personality likes and dislikes. Even phobias. Birds are fascinating as well.

KSense 2 years, 6 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.

aandpfarm 2 years, 6 months ago

N600 and E2200 rd and also near Vinland valley nursery ..... Thats a large area and no bears have been seen just the scat.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

The roar was heard and the stench was smelled. That's some close up bear. What is the range they travel?

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

It's my understanding it's further west, but I know one person on here now is privy to first hand info and I'm hoping my fbook friend who put photos of scat online will come and share more details.

You are the second one I've heard mention the black panther though.

rockchalker52 2 years, 6 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.

aandpfarm 2 years, 6 months ago

I remember that...... The office said he was going to jump on its back and handcuff it...LOL

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Lol. Great story. An animal sure brings out the comedic and the tragic when it isn't where we expect it to be.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Or just snap,pop,no crackle and have it come running. Put some berries in that bowl of porridge and you'd have more bears than you could shake your weinie roaster at.

50YearResident 2 years, 6 months ago

Better yet, put out a 6 pack of Charmin, bears love that stuff and use it all the time according to my TV comercials ! ;0)

KSense 2 years, 6 months ago

There is a difference between a jaguar and a panther, just don't know what, off the top of my head. There is also a difference between a cougar, mountain lion and panther, not sure on the puma. A panther is always black. I may have the two switched but I think a cougar is more fawn colored with possible white patches on their neck or belly and a mountain lion is a solid dark fawn with no white. As we've seen with the cougars, just because there's no documentation doesn't mean much. When a 200 (?) lb panther is sitting beside ones driveway, it's not usual one would mistake it for a house cat.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, I believe size and coloring is the absolute means of identifying the differing species. It's hard when I've only seen photos, none in real life, the Topeka zoo does the best it can, as far as contrast and comparison. A 200 lb cat of any color is remarkable.

I think we dismiss what we do see on occasion too - we've been told enough times the big cats don't exist, don't live in the city, that when we see something out of place and at a distance, we tend to persuade ourselves it couldn't be.

Photos are great, scat is a huge help, discussion is useful.

asixbury 2 years, 6 months ago

According to a quick google search, the only difference between a mountain lion, cougar and puma is the region in which they live. They are the same animal with differing colorations. It depends on where you're from what name you are likely to call it.

asixbury 2 years, 6 months ago

Panther is also another name given in Florida for the mountain lions they have there. Since they don't have mountains, they call the cats panthers.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for this info, asixbury! It makes sense that the same species would adapt to climate and native sources perhaps attributing to a differing coloring and size.

It's also interesting about the panther. I always think of black when I think panther.

bad_dog 2 years, 6 months ago

Come on Ronda, you should also be thinking pink when it comes to panthers ;-)

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Bad doggie. I only think pink when the panther is shaved. ;-)

bad_dog 2 years, 6 months ago

Must be one of them panthers from Brazil...

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

It did seem to walk with a limp....Possibly a side winder....

Liberty275 2 years, 6 months ago

We could have called them "swamp lions".

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

It's time you left the bedroom. Just the the jug of wine with you.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

I'll be there this evening around 6:30, but I'm generally confused as an anteater.. Guess its the auburn hair. I know, senseless.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 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?)

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Is she dancing around a fire or in the constrains of a jack o lantern? I've heard bears love a good pumpkin odor - much as the common male. It's all about scent.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

No, that's the one to the west. . . . er, uh . . . so they tell me.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

As one cuzin to anuthe r, I ain't gonns ask bout other directuons. I no you cant talk bout it any ways

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 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.

jjt 2 years, 6 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.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Lol, and also similar to bear, they leave a mess and sometimes a bad odor in their wake. ;)

thebigspoon 2 years, 6 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.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Very interesting, Bigspoon. I think the thing to remember with all animals is there is never just one.....bears like clan and lord hope it's not a mama.

thebigspoon 2 years, 6 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 ???

LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

I had the same problem with trying to link to that site on the LJW. The links will work in my favorites and in e-mails, but not on LJW.

thebigspoon 2 years, 6 months ago

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

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 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.

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 6 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

Amy Heeter 2 years, 6 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Sounds of interest. I know these old timers have remarkable stories they are making us beg for.

pace 2 years, 6 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.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Pace, I agree there are those few who enjoy the kill, but luckily for the rambling animal, most people with firearms (from my personal experience) are trained enough with fire arm safety that they ask questions first and then shoot. After all, he who holds life and death in his hand is more respectful of life. Right?

Owning of any exotic is craziness. It isn't a win win for anything involved. I know there are those who exist who absolutely 'think' they love the 'wild or exotic' animal, but one can't own something that is wild. It'd be like marriage and thinking one can control the wife. :)

pace 2 years, 6 months ago

You hang with a great crowd. Training is not required to own a gun. In my personal experience a lot of people don't even know how to clean a gun properly.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

I am fortunate to know people who respect and hold knowledge about guns.

Training sessions aren't required to own a gun? That brings to mind people having children with no training either. Both are life threatening.

camper 2 years, 6 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.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Not even while camping, camper? ;)

I love seeing animals that are wild, but when they are in a place with traffic and people, their outcome always worries me.

camper 2 years, 6 months ago

The fox did look like he was out of his element. He was running along the yards on the North side of 19th (near the High School).

camper 2 years, 6 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.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Well, coming from NW Kansas, I don't even know what gar is. My first thought was you'd typod bear. I take it's a fish, a bird, a plane? :).

So now I look it up.

camper 2 years, 6 months ago

Ooops. Gar off topic. Bear more interesting ):

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Hare today Gar tomorrow Bear to stay Discuss at length Arm's length

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Things I'll remember to remember about gar...toxic eggs (I may be in that position, who knows), hard skin and scales, used by Native American - and I'd love to see a gar dance!

Dan Simons 2 years, 6 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

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Interesting. I hope others will take the time to observe their surroundings carefully, including scat. We learn much from such 'stuff'.

I'd think if a bear was anywhere close to the river trail, it would be spotted.

ssteve1 2 years, 6 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps Palin can be brought in to rid us of the bears. She won't help wou elephants, but she may have a dynamo recipe for bear stew and brownback...

Phase 2 years, 6 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.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Cool except that they were dead. What killed the fawn? Do you frighten away a bear? Autie seems to think it's possible. ;)

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Does a bear scat in the woods? Does he eat? For if he eats, then he shall Shat the shoot And scoot the poot So take your baggy To scoop the poop Help keep our woods clean

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Louie was the King of scat - at least the scat that pleases and appeases. I need to hear some of his scat - it's been too long.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

That's why it's always a favorite for cuzin reunions. Bear fat is what auntie's aunt Betty twice removed for prison time and kin to his third wife's daughter uses to make bear claws with. Those things are the best. Don't ever leave em in the sun though. They don't hold up well in the heat.

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 months ago

My bowhunting friends from Minnesota came down turkey hunting in April. They brought ground bear meat and we had bear burgers off of a hot hickory fired grill. Man oh, man, Roe, they were good with barbeque sauce and a thick slice of onion. I wolfed down three of 'em.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

River, the key word being 'wolfed'. That's the difference between you and cuzin Roe. You lone wolf - Roe silver fox. Fox just don't go for the greasy kid stuff. ;)

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

And you lived to tell your story. You must be great fun around a campfire.

Scott Morgan 2 years, 6 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.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Lol. Was that truly you ran with a bare behind or a bear behind?

I really think I'd run faster with a bare behind than a bear behind. It's bad to be caught by a bear, but being caught bare is too embarrassing.

blindrabbit 2 years, 6 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)

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

That's what I've come to understand. That's a fascinating story, I too fear any bear would have a similar fate. There has to be a means in this day and age to capture and move them. I appreciate people become startled, but it isn't like we are in the wilds and shouldn't be able to escape. Still, I've never been cornered by anything larger than a chigger.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

When one is a fox, just accept it and say thank you.

blindrabbit 2 years, 6 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!

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Wow, that is the type of thing that would stick in your mind. I wonder if on rare occasions some of these unusual animals get transported accidentally via trains or trucks, something. There really is no means of explaining such rare but reliable sightings. And that lone one may not survive long once it is out of its element of native habitat.

These are the kind of stories campfires were made for. ;)

Seriously, thanks for sharing.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Sweet and sour or curry badger? ;)

Pickled badger's feet Can't be beat They're crunchy Sweet and filling

And they are lower calorie than bear claws

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Ground hogs can get fairly large and burly. Do we have them around here? Lol I guess it would be as likely as any of the other choices. Beaver gone wild, giant prairie dog.

KSense 2 years, 6 months ago

Boy howdy do we have groundhogs 'round here! We have what appears to be a whole colony of them dwelling in an abandoned building on our property. They've also developed a frustrating taste for my garden. Hmmmm...I wonder how they taste?

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Pretty much anything is good soaked in salty milk and then deep fried. ;) Let me know what you think. Offer a variety of dipping choices: ketchup, ranch, blue cheese are great starters. make em spicy!!

Jean1183 2 years, 5 months ago

You are not going to believe this, BUT....I saw something similar about the same time frame you mentioned!!! I too thought wolverine! However, I also know that wolverines are NOT in this area and especially NOT where I saw it! Just north of Holcom Park on Lawrence Ave. It crossed Lawrence Ave headed east into some of the trees around the houses!!! I've convinced myself that it had to be something else until I saw your post.

oldbaldguy 2 years, 6 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.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Fish and Game must spend most of their education in learning how to keep secrets. Boy would I like to get one of those guys alone for some red red wine and pillow talk. One can only imagine. Still, it's nice to know a guy can keep a secret.

Blue River = lovely. I'll bet your grand dad could skin a few cats back in the day.

blindrabbit 2 years, 6 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

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Rumor, vicious rumor mind you, has it on the down low that they have been implanted with tracking devices that also monitor anything they say about these animals that don't exist. I had a fishy gamie guy point in the direction of the brush once when I asked him about bear in the area, but he also was hushing with his finger to his lip at the same time. ;)

asixbury 2 years, 6 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.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

asix, what a cool memory to have. I've witnessed such events on our farm in NW Kansas way back when and it's fascinating at the time, but in hindsight, it's a real thrill. It's not something everyone can say they've seen. It does take a few seconds for it to sink in when it's such an unexpected and extraordinary event.

riverdrifter 2 years, 6 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.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

Hell, no need for magnets! Just always carry one (extra?) of RoeDy's Deluxe tinfoil hats! Once you plug the beast just slip it over the animal's head and cinch it down with the genuine imitation leather straps provided. Still $6.95! (Real leather straps $2.00 extra) Provides protection from all inbound and outbound radio frequencies.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

That's my cuzin! Always ready and willing to slip one in under radar.

You used to think wearing that damned hat and runnin nakie made ya invisible too. It didn't work then and it still doesn't.

River, please let me know when your cam captures Roe de buff and we'll have sum reel fun at the next backyarder.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Well, you've got some trophy shots of deer and it's only a matter of time before you catch bovine, Roe, panther, bear, weasel and skink in your clickity click click.

Jay_lo 2 years, 6 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

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Ah, how sweet it is to be poemed by you!

Scit scat roll with a rat It's up to bat with you You knock a home run Make us giggle in fun When you come on the scene Glad you're not mean You'd make me scream All my animal boys would leave A cougar I may be A hunting I go with glee Luckily no one has caught me!

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 6 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!

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Ok, you showed me raven scat! We are now friends forever without knowing each other.

I first became aware of the significance of scat while taking photos of moose in Colorado several years ago. See: Running Naked With iPhone Ronda Miller

It's all distinct this scat. I'm sure our forefathers and native Americans knew it well.

RoeDapple 2 years, 6 months ago

I've been told I don't know $hyT boutit

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

You little $hy poke you! You know a little bout everything last uncle Sally said about you when you were in prison. But we can't tok bout it no more, member?

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

This blog has gotten my Irish up - it's rather like dander...bear dander...

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 6 months ago

People from Kansas are very difficult to understand. Please, what is the significance of Irish bear dander? Is there a species of bear called Irish? That lives in Kansas? Very peculiar.

cammieb 2 years, 6 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!

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

You might actually be surprised to learn many bulls and cows respond when called. My grandparents raised Herford cattle and they frequently called them by saying, 'Come, Bossy, come.'. When an animal is rewarded with food for coming, they come! We had names for each cow and bull as well. I remember Curly was particularly studley! ;)

It's interesting where animals do stray.

blindrabbit 2 years, 6 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.

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 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

Ronda Miller 2 years, 6 months ago

Lol. Perhaps better than using the markers on her! Sounds like a fun night.

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