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Black Bear in the Back Yard in Dawson Creek | by Destination BC
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Black Bear in the Back Yard in Dawson Creek

What a treat to have extended family up for a visit, great summer weather, long days, warm nights, visiting around the fire in the pit in the evening.


The topping on the cake came in the form of an unexpected visitor one Saturday afternoon.


A black bear sauntered into our yard looking like he didn't have a care in the world.


He walked as thought he owned the place, sniffing various things in the yard. Thankfully everyone happened to be in the house at the time, even the dogs were inside.


Crowded around the kitchen window, we watched as Mr. Bear made his way across the lawn on his way to the forest nearby. He must have liked our yard because he stopped to eat some grass and decided to lie down for a couple of minutes in the same spot we had just walked through minutes earlier. He was probably making his way to the wilderness on the banks of the Peace River a few miles away.


Closeness to wildlife was one of the reasons we chose a country lifestyle here in the Peace River Country. This is the fourth bear in our yard in the years we have lived here.


[Editor's Note: Learn more about bear watching and bear safety in Northern BC]


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Taken on May 13, 2010