At approximately 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, there was a boom, and the dogs let me know we had a visitor. I already knew a bear had found the yummy trash we had thrown in the can earlier that night. When I looked through the window, I saw the most beautiful black bear licking the inside of a Cheerios bag. His back must have been 4 feet high while on all four paws, and he was at least as wide as he was tall.
This creature was not ripping or rifling through the trash; he simply knocked the can over and found an apple core and a little sugar to cure his sweet tooth. After a few minutes - it had to be less then 10 - he simply sauntered off toward the creek.
I had to just sit and watch him, as he was the most beautiful creature I had seen in many years.
We usually pick up dog poop and put it on top of our trash bags because that keeps the critters out. But after working 14 hours straight, at two jobs, I was too tired to go looking in the dark for landmines, and I knew there was nothing in my trash that could hurt wildlife. We must remember that the wildlife we live with is a gift, and we must appreciate its beauty and its grace.
We may want to remember that the wildlife did not ask us to move into their open space and they are very tolerant of our presence. We also should be tolerant of their presence. Try to use the eyes of a child when you see wildlife in your neighborhood, and you see the wonder and beauty that is right in front of you.