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First Bear of 2009 | by Peggy Collins
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First Bear of 2009

I saw my first bear (of 2009) yesterday. I know bears don't have the best sight, but I'm kind of wondering about this bear's hearing. I'd just finished belting out a song at the top of my lungs when I came over the rise and saw this big black bear down the slope a ways. It was completely oblivious to our presence. I had my point and shoot with me because it was raining slightly and it's easier to hide inside my jacket...managed to get off a couple of quick pictures before Osa (whose name is Spanish for "bear") started barking and Pogo started pulling and the bear took off. It isn't the best photo, but I thought I'd mark the occasion by posting this shot. By the way, his mouth is open because he's chewing grass, not growling or anything!

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Taken on May 18, 2009