I just had a fairly close encounter with a bear at about 9 PM. My intuition told me there was a bear outside and my intuition did not fail me. I had a thought to go out on the porch and close the gate in case a bear decided to come up on the porch to grab the hummingbird feeder hanging from the gutter and there he was, walking across the lawn near the porch.
I thought he was headed for the compost pit up in the back of the garden but he circled around the garage and came back. He was only about 10 feet away when he appeared again. I tried to shoo him off and though he hesitated, he decided I was not worth worrying about and walked to the front of the porch where there is a small, open sunflower seed feeder hanging from a pole.
At that point I came inside and watched from the door as he took down the pole and feeder. After polishing off that tiny snack, he must have headed across the street to our neighbor’s yard because I found out later there were three in their yard.
I have considered the possibility that the second time I saw the bear that night it was not the same one.