Bears showing up in backyards more frequently

HUNGRY: A trail camera behind Bob Dyers rural Baldwin home has detected this 350-pound mother bear looking for food, along with her four cubs. (Courtesy photo)
HUNGRY: A trail camera behind Bob Dyers rural Baldwin home has detected this 350-pound mother bear looking for food, along with her four cubs. (Courtesy photo)

BALDWIN -- Bob Dyers lives five miles outside of Baldwin in a secluded spot that’s tucked away from populated areas.

But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t get occasional visitors to the bird feeder in his backyard. It’s not just birds doing the visiting.

With the use of a trail camera, Dyers has discovered that a mother bear and her four cubs have been in his backyard at night, usually looking for food in the bird feeder

His residence is in Lake County Lake Township.

Dyers has a trail camera on a tree near the bird feeders.

“They came out pretty good,” he said of the photos. “It was like 3 or 4 in the morning. She’s been around here since she’s been out of hiberation I’m sure. Shes probably been around the Pere Marquette.”

The Pere Marquette is just 2,000 feet from his house.

The pictures were taken by the trail camera in late May.

“You can see how big she is, “Dyers said, pointing to the photos. “She’s at least 350 pounds. When I saw this, with these four (cubs), I was stunned.

Last year, I had a male bear around,” Myers said. “It was this same time of year. I only saw it once on a trail cam and wasn’t even looking for it. She came in 9:30 in the morning. Nice bear, but not as big as this sow is.”

Dyers has been an active bear hunter. He’s killed four bears with a recurve bow either in Ontario or the Upper Peninsula.

Dyers is an active member of the Lake County Board of Commissioners and the Lake County Sportsman Club.

Seeing the bears with the four cubs has been quite an experience for Dyers and his wife, Sheila

“I have not seen one with cubs in here until now,” Dyers said. “I’ve been a lot of single ones.”

The Dyers haven’t seen or heard the bear personally, just via the trail camera, even though it crushed the bird feeder.

“Our immediate next neighbor, 200 yards behind us, has,” Sheila said. ”They were in little camper trailers with her company. They were around a campfire. Somebody in the group heard something all of a sudden a cub fell out of the tree. After the cub fell, they could see the bear coming. They knew better and all ran in the house.”

They’re convinced it was the same bear.

“If I put stuff back in that feeder, I’ll bet you with two days she’ll be back there,” Dyers said. “I think she travels around.”