These two photos (above and below) were taken of a mature adult black bear (200 pounds?) standing on my patio at about 7:30 yesterday evening. He had just hauled down from a nearby poplar tree a bird feeder and devoured the suet cake inside. A tender morsel that cost me 92¢ plus tax at Wal-Mart.
He's seen here, wondering why Paula and I were interrupting his meal. (For the record, I was about thirty feet away)
We were able to convince him, after a considerable amount of coaxing, to head back into the Jefferson National Forest, which is just behind our house.
But he'll be back. We are now a food source. Or at least we were.
* A footnote: If you look really close at the second photo, you'll notice that his nose is crooked. Not sure what to make of that.