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Letter: Unseen visitor topples feeder

Re “Unexpected visitor” (Sunday Monitor letter, Sept. 8):

I live in Woodcrest Heights. Funny that Jon Colcord should write about a bear knocking down his feeder. I also had my bird-feeder knocked over during the night recently. I never saw any tracks but suspected it was a bear, as maybe 10 years ago we also had a bear take down our feeder. I wanted Colcord to know we also had a visit from his friend. Hopefully he will not find his way back, at least this year. We have wildlife including moose, deer, fox and wild turkeys in our yard – less since they built the apartment complex between Birdland and Woodcrest Heights, but we do still get visited by wildlife. My feeder is back up, and I hope it stays that way.

RICK EDDY

Concord

Please read NH's Ben Kilham's "Among the Bears" to find out what happens to bears when people keep their feeders up. It's not a pretty ending. I fed the birds for decades in the summer, but stopped when a bear took up residence in the hundreds of acres of woods behind our house. I didn't wait for the bear to learn where free--but dangerous to his/her health--food was and you shouldn't either. The Concord Library should have "Among the Bears" (it's a great read even if you don't own a bird feeder) and I'm sure Gibson's will be happy to order it for you. If you decide to keep your feeder up, just remember you're helping to kill a bear every time you fill it. I wish I were kidding.

It would be an interesting psychological exercise to discover what motivates people who know the risks of bear visitation and still choose to put out bird feeders.

Yes, in fact why don't we fund a multi-million dollar federal study to find out. What is a few million more squandered. Perhaps we should outlaw bird feeders along with those helium balloons.

Or you guys could do as Fish and Game suggests and keep 'em down unless the bears are hibernating.

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