April Showers Bring Bear Prowlers

22 Apr

Dastardly spring storms continued their assault Tuesday as snow, sleet and powerful winds again battered the Blue Lake Metropolitan Area, delivering hour-long lake-wide power outages mid-afternoon while strong north winds whipped across open gray water and knocked down trees into the early evening.  The strapping atmospheric rumpus invigorated the most fearful of woodland brutes; at 8:30 pm (CST) (CDT), a sizable and unkempt black bear threw a highly-hung bird feeder down a flight of steps after frustratingly circling an out-of-reach container holding a juicy slab of suet on the old Hacker Resort property.

A life-like illustration of the incident.  For a full view, click on the picture.

A life-like illustration of the incident. For a full view, click on the picture.

bear print captured in the snow

bear print captured in the snow

Just as the darkening sky compacted the last strip of crimson light into the horizon, the hungry-looking Teddae Bearum Rexus lumbered up the driveway, paused, and took a good, long look at a vacant cabin on the eastern end of the premises.  It then waddled, none too pleased, into the dusk-shrouded woods.

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8 Responses to “April Showers Bring Bear Prowlers”

  1. karyn DeBoer April 22, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi,
    I really enjoy reading your blogs and viewing your pictures. My family has a summerhome on Hacker Drive! I was wondering if the picture is correct? My father is Peter Ekstrom. I had to forward your blog and illustrated picture to my family!
    Thank you for all of the wonderful updates on Blue Lake!

    Karyn Ekstrom-DeBoer

  2. Another Blue Lake Roadie April 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    8:30 p.m. (CST) – you forgot to set your clock ahead on March 8th!

  3. The Provost April 24, 2009 at 2:39 am #

    Karyn – Great to hear from a neighbor! The illustration, if that’s the question, accurately depicts the placement of the structures but I should note that #8 is not part of the old Hacker Resort (“Hidden Valley Resort”) but does share the driveway. Presently, #4 and #6 (and the lower half of the boat house) are the only structures remaining that resemble what the rest of the resort used to look like. My family (and extended family) owns #3 through #7.

    Roadie – I’ve been wondering where that extra hour went! Correction duly noted!

  4. Karyn DeBoer April 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    I think that we are directly across the lake from you? Our place is at the end of Hacker drive. We have been there 35 years… you can’t miss the Chris Craft!

  5. The Provost April 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    We’re at the beginning of Hacker so, indeed, we’re right across from each other and my folks know your parcel… watch out for that bear this summer, last time I checked it was heading around the lake in your direction!

    • Karyn DeBoer April 27, 2009 at 7:50 am #

      Our neighbors saw a bear this summer in the middle of the day..he took out their bird feeders. They stated that he was over six feet tall standing up on his hind legs! YIKES!

      • The Provost May 4, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

        Oh yes, I believe my folks saw pictures of that. I am 5’5″ and standing on my tip-toes I can reach the bird feeder that the bear tore down so I shudder to think how tall he was!

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    […] The shaggy bear rummaging for spring snacks on Hacker Drive – South this past April has ballooned to a tubby 300-pound brute who has most fortuitously set up a seemingly permanent camp on Hacker Drive – North where it enjoys popping open tightly-secured receptacles and engaging in a weekly garbage buffet. […]

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