|Same pile, my hand included for scale.|
I do believe this belongs to that small bear I saw running away from the fence into the forest this morning! But that was just on our side of the fence, between said fence and the apple trees. Hmmmm.
|Smaller pile as the hand-for-scale indicates. Also, you can see the red peels and apple seeds. |
PRO TIP: Don't edit photos of apple-laden bear scat while eating a bowl of Grape Nuts.
And then when I realized that I should go back out there to shovel that over the fence to keep the dogs from rolling in and/or eating it, I found another pile right under the McIntosh tree. The other tree, the little one with the red apples... it's now apple free!
I do believe the deer have been hopping the fence to get at the apples lately, too so we can't blame the bear entirely.
While it's fun and wondrous to live among wildlife, we also know we must be both smart and careful. Several neighbors have also spotted a bigger bear around lately, so we're all being more cautious with our trash cans, pets, and wanderings. Also, I guess we need to get out there and pick the rest of the apples as soon as possible.