I went to sleep out in the apartment last night. The satellite radio receiver is out there, and I was sitting in my easy chair listening to the BBC World Service news around 11:00. I guess I dozed off.
The hand held monitor I use to keep track of what's going on in the buildings was sitting on a small table next to my easy chair.
At about 0015, I heard a really loud crash and the strength lights pegged. The noise came from the main house. My first thought was that the ferrets had pushed something off a shelf, and set the dogs off. So I took an AK47 and went back down to the main house. I got the dogs settled down on the porch, (they had been sleeping on the apartment porch and ran down to the main house porch when they heard that noise), and went inside. Looked everywhere, and found nothing amiss. I did find the ferrets under the couch. When a ferret is excited or upset, the fur on their tails sticks straight out. Both of them were fluffed up to the maximum, which is unusual.
Took my big Ryobi flood light, and scanned the woods. Nothing.
Then I looked over the side of the porch. My porch is about 15 feet off the ground, it's really on the second story of the house. There's a wooden bin down there, about six feet X four feet, that I used to keep garbage cans in to keep the bears out. It's empty now. There is a rain barrel and a gutter down spout there. Two of the 1X6 side boards had been ripped completely off the bin. The gutter downspout had been torn off the side of the house there, and the rain barrel had been pulled out of the cinder block base and was laying on it's side.
The only thing I can think of is that some of the cat food fell off the cat feeding station on that side of the house, and down on the ground inside the bin. Something, and I am assuming it was a bear, did all that destruction trying to get in the bin. That's my best guess.
I've had plenty of bears up here. After all, I'm right on the national forest. There have been times when the forest service had to come up here and trap them, then take them to an isolated place in a national forest in Tennessee and release them.
I'd never hurt an animal gratuitously. However, some of the local denizens of the forest here can be dangerous. I try not to get myself into situations where I might have to harm an animal, but things sometimes happen outside your control. Night time, when it's dark and you can't see what's out there, calls for caution if you have to go out and see what's going on. If I have to go out at night, I take a rifle or a shotgun. Pistols are ok for concealed carry and for protection against humans if nothing better is to hand.
|" A pistol is carried to enable you to fight your way to a rifle." I forget who said that on the blog but they are right. Serious moments require a serious rifle.|
I left the clean up til morning, went back inside the main house and lay down on the couch. At 03:05 the power went out. Called the EMC and woke the on duty dispatcher up. That's why you keep a land line and an old style telephone that is powered by the 20 hz signal on the phone line. A phone that needs electricity to operate is useless in a power failure. At the best of times, my cell phone doesn't work well here and then only if you walk up to a big granite outcropping up slope. I'm not interested in doing that in the dark. Especially if I have cause to think Ursus is meandering about in the woods around the house.
The power came back on just before dawn. I cleaned up the mess once it got light enough, but I will have to wait to put the guttering and the side boards back up, I'm too tired right now.
Never a dull moment.....
|Friendly Ferret says " If your dogs won't go off the porch into the woods with you, you probably shouldn't go at all."|