Bear phobia

If you were at my house this morning you might have heard slightly raised voices. A very rare thing indeed in our little home.

It all started last night. As I lay in bed listening to the window panes rattle in accompaniment to his snores, I started to worry about the bears this summer. As I said yesterday I had been planting my seeds in containers to put in the garden later, so I was worrying about working out there this summer. As many of you know I have had a few ‘bear incidents’ and have developed a fear of them, probably I have built it out of all proportion but nevertheless the fear is there. I won’t even take Annie the dog for a walk as the locals say a dog is more dangerous around an angry bear as the dog will run back to you with the bear after them.

So this is how the conversation started this morning

“Will you be gone much this summer as you were last summer?’ says I

“How do you mean”, says he

“Since S. moved up here you have been gone all day six days a week, either working with him, fishing or running about and I am concerned about working in the garden when the bears are around.” (S. is his best friend they have known each other over 55 years, I am used to being alone and don’t mind generally.)

“Oh the bears aren’t going to hurt you, you are being silly” he exclaims “and you are starting to make me feel guilty that we moved up here, you know I came up to fish, and now you want me to give that up”

“I don’t mind you fishing, I encourage you and Sal to go out, you know that I just want you around when I am in the garden maybe I will have to do it in the evening and don’t read things into what I am saying”. I said heatedly and got up to go and have a shower.

So for the rest of the morning we were studiously polite and then I decided to drive into town by myself just because it was a nice day and I wanted to get out.

So now it all seems to have blown over and he is back to teasing me but unfortunately my fear of the bears has not gone away. I suppose it is irrational. What can he do if a bear shows up more than I can, except I am 5′ 3″ and a little plump and probably tasty, and he is 6′ 2″ and tough with a deep voice to yell at the bear. Which one would you chase?

All these stories that I have written of my bear experiences have enabled my phobia, also our village does have a bear problem and several have to be shot each year unfortunately. I don’t know what to do about my fear but I guess it is my problem and I have to learn to deal with it.

Bear Invasion
3 shots then silence
Good reason to be wary of bears
BC workers attacked by grizzly
Bear in the back yard today
They are back and they are out
Chicken little and the grizzly bear tracks

Animals I have seen in my yard

Animals I have seen in my yard

  1. Big male bear last week
  2. Mother bear with two cubs two days ago
  3. Porcupine with baby
  4. Foxes
  5. Coyotes
  6. Wolf
  7. Muskrat
  8. Stoat
  9. Shrew
  10. Squirrels
  11. White tail deer
  12. Moose with new born
  13. Wild cat