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Friday, October 03, 2008

Bear Beds in Abercrombie



For the last couple of weeks a bear has been hanging out in Abercrombie Park - the park next to our house. I've been seeing fresh tracks and poop - even wet footprints on the boardwalk - but no bears to date. Other people, however, have been seeing the bear, and there are signs warning of 'recent bear activity' at the entrance to the park. Needless to say, but I've been seeing a whole lot less people during my daily walks lately. It seems that me and the doggies have the park to ourselves (and the bear of course).

Today I found out where the bear has been bedding down. In the woods near the rotting beached whale I found a bunch of bear beds and copious amounts of green bear poop. Some of the poops also look like mud. It appears the bear has been feeding on the whale and sleeping in the woods nearby. He digs a hole and burrows down into it to sleep. Judging by his tracks he is a pretty small bear. I bet once the whale is gone the bear will leave too. Patrick

2 comments:

My LIttle Family: said...

Patrick I think you should explain the volcanic ash line to your non-Kodiak readers. Vickie

Zoya, Patrick, Nora and Stuart said...

You mean the white soil in the bottom photo? I always thought that was kitty litter. Actually I know it is a layer of around 20 cm of volcanic ash from the 1912 Katmai Volcanic eruption - the largest of the 20th century. Dwarfs Mount Saint Helens. It was dark for 3 days on Kodiak as the ash fell. Buildings collapsed. People really thought the world had come to an end (No contact with the outside world in those days) and were trying to evacuate Kodiak. Today the ash is just a thick layer of kitty litter. Patrick