Just part of living in this great state. Wildlife is a big part of our lives no matter if you live in a big city or in the bush. Not unusual to have black bears walking around downtown Juneau, moose walking around downtown Anchorage.
I have seen those moose in Anchorage, and we had moose bedding down in our yard when we lived just outside of Fairbanks. We had to approach our car carefully to leave for work in the morning, especially in the dark.
But I think this encounter was a bit unusual. All I ever had to worry about in an outhouse loo was hornets. . . .
Well, yes, black bears are common in lots of places in California too, such as Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe area. My sister lives in La Canada, CA, and they had one in their backyard recently. It messed up their pool cover for reasons they cannot fathom.
But I have never heard of finding one underneath a toilet seat before. I just hope it was a composting toilet, not the other kind of outhouse.
I can only imagine how surprised she was!
That’s quite a story! We live in wooded acreage north of Seattle. It’s like a wildlife menagerie all year long. Frequent visits from Coyotes, Bobcats, Deer, and Black Bears. The last sighting of Bears was from May 2020 & through summer. Our family room windows face our pond, and it’s a frequent stop for the wildlife. Fortunate to be home to take photos. It was interesting to see just how agile 2 bears can be approaching the short edge of the pond and not falling in! ;)
We had to take out bird feeders a long time ago.
I suppose anyone/anything would express annoyance if it were snuggled down for a nap and suddenly had No. 1 or No, 2 raining down on their head.
We are on the south side of the Denver metro area. Recently one of our neighbors posted a video from their outdoor camera of a mountain lion and two full size cubs wondering around her back porch.
Some years ago we were out of town and when we got back the neighbors behind us told us about watching a black bear on our deck. He turned all of our patio furniture over,. Neighbors straightened it out before we got home. Neighbors said it was very entertaining, but I was glad the bear didn't tear up the cushions! In Morrison it's not unusual to see deer and Elk in the yards right up against the homes.
And from growing up in TX I thought the only real dangers in outhouses were spiders and snakes. 🤔
Oh wow, I certainly would not have expected that in an outhouse!
We have family that lives in the bush in AK and at one of the family cabins, the outhouse consists of two half walls and a roof. The toilet seat is two wood slats, in a V shape. You have to be careful as a grizzly gnawed on it once, so you can easily get splinters.
Other family lives in North Pole and they just sent a photo last week of a young bull moose with his nose against their window to the basement, as if he wanted inside. The cow that was with him was busy checking out the plane as they live on an airstrip.
We love visiting them, both in NP and the bush as it is such a different way of life than down here. I will definitely check the outhouses before I sit down next time!
Here in the sticks in Maine, we have lots of large (and small) mammals. I love to put out feeders for the birds, but I have to take them in every night, since bears will take them down in the warmer months, and in winter the deer will eat the sunflower seeds if they can get them. (I would not mind feeding the deer, but apparently the concentrated protein can be really harmful, even deadly, for them in the winter.)
Oh yes, the bird feeders, we don't put those up at all as we back to a greenbelt and have the occasional bear. I have a decorative one that hangs from one of the fence posts (my husband made a taller addition), and a bear tore that down thinking there was something good in it. He was sorely disappointed, and my husband had to repair it.