Bears have been sighted where my family and I live. There was a cute picture in the newspaper of a mama bear and two cubs casually walking across a neighborhood street that looked a lot like ours.
"Whoa," said my son when he saw the picture. "There are bears here?"
"Looks that way," I said, glancing at another picture of a fat black bear climbing over a wooden fence to get into somebody's back yard.
I read further. "What to do if you see a bear: Don't run. Don't bother it. Got that, Bubba?"
Reading on: "Tips to prevent bear visits: Keep small animals inside. Don't leave garbage cans outside. Don't leave pet food outside."
Bubba got concerned after I read that. "Mama, we're definitely going to have a bear visit! Bootsy (our adopted stray cat) lives outside. Our garbage cans are outside. And Bootsy eats his food outside!"
Hmm. Big problem. Bootsy is good at fighting raccoons, but I'm not so sure how he'd do against a bear. What do you think? Should we construct a giant barbed-wire fence around our property? I wonder how the home owner's association would feel about that!