Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

Wednesday’s Photos

A Glimpse at Wildlife – Part I

Of all the large mammals the deer population appears to be the most abundant in our area. Hardly a day goes by without encountering one or two deer standing by the roadside. They have become so accustomed to humans that they don’t even bother to retreat into the woods when you point your camera at them. Black bears are next in line. Lately they have become quite a nuisance and have visited our village, especially in the fall, when they create havoc among our fruit trees. They like to come at night and raid our apple, pear and plum trees. The result is often a mess of broken off branches. The photos have been taken over the past three or four years. Enjoy.

bear

Black Bear among the Bushes

fawn

Fawn not more than 10 m away from me

two dder

Twosome Caught Grazing on a Hillside

buck

Buck in the Early Morning Light

Twin Moose

Rare Sight of Moose Twins close to the Lake

51 comments

  1. thecedarjournal · August 1, 2018

    Cool pictures. With all the deer I am guessing tulips are not one of your plants that last…

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    • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

      Unless you plant the tulips close to the house they have no chance when it comes to face the deer. Thank you for your nice comment!

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  2. Amy · August 1, 2018

    Incredible! How close were you to these animals when you took these shots? Are the black bears a danger at all? Or just a nuisance?

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    • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

      Some animals like the blue heron are very shy and hard to photograph. But the bears and deer are easy targets and are captured within less than 30 ft. Bears and deer alike a great nuisance, the bears for raiding our fruit trees and the deer grazing in our gardens. Thank you, Amy, for your kind comment!

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      • Amy · August 1, 2018

        Well, stay safe! Deer may be harmless, but I’d worry about an angry bear!

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      • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

        You would perhaps meet an angry bear if you are coming too close to the cubs of a mother bear.

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      • Amy · August 2, 2018

        We saw grizzlies at Yellowstone six years back—they are much scarier.

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      • Peter Klopp · August 2, 2018

        Indeed, they are, Amy! They are far more dangerous.

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  3. Rashmi Gopal Rao · August 1, 2018

    Wow Peter! Great captures, wonderful post:) Thanks for sharing.

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  4. PlantsandBeyond · August 1, 2018

    Wow, Peter, these photos you took are magnificent. Be careful with bears, but I loved seeing these animals. We don’t have them here, esp the mooses. Just gorgeous. This made my morning.

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    • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

      Thank you, Luda, for your compliment! The moose are relatively rare, whereas deer and bears are very abundant where we live.

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  5. Sarah · August 1, 2018

    Gorgeous pictures, Peter! I would happily share my fruit trees with the bears so send them over to me! 😄

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  6. Pure Glory · August 1, 2018

    Peter, thank you for sharing your local wildlife with us. They all look extremely healthy. The deer must have a feast in your garden! The black beer looks like it has raided many fruit trees. Enjoyed the photos. Around here, it is moose, black and brown bears, and many migrating birds. Enjoy your summer!

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    • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

      I am sure if you had pictures to show on a blog about the natural wonders in Alaska, mine would pale by comparison.

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      • Pure Glory · August 1, 2018

        Peter, your photos are wonderful. It is amazing the beauty of the natural wonders of every place on the globe. But it is true, since Alaska is mostly wilderness, there is great natural beauty!

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  7. Pit · August 1, 2018

    Well, actually I would only like to encounter the deer! 😉

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    • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

      Bears are actually better than their reputation, especially the black bears.

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      • Pit · August 2, 2018

        Intersting to know. Thank you for the information.

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  8. taphian · August 1, 2018

    Wow, you really have some huge animals in Canada:)
    Regards Mitza

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    • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

      Thank you, dear Mitza, for your kind comment! Yes, some of these creatures are enormous. Have a great day!

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  9. kopfundgestalt · August 1, 2018

    What a Little head this fawn has!

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    • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

      They are one of cutest creatures when they are small. Good observation, Gerhard!

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  10. Stella, oh, Stella · August 1, 2018

    Beautiful photos, Peter. We don’t have bears, but there are some wolves now in Denmark. I guess you have them in Canada as well.

    I think I would be a bit afraid to meet a bear in the wild. Are they dangerous for people? I mean, it should be o.k. if you keep your distance, right?

    We built a fence around our garden in Sweden, because of the deer mainly, because they ate the tulips and the rosebuds. Afterwards they only ate the rosebuds that were hanging over the fence … 😉

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    • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

      Bears normally stay away from people. If you go into the Canadian wild country, it is alway a good idea to have a bell around your body,so you let them know that you are coming and they stay out of your way.

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  11. Nurul Fitri Lubis · August 1, 2018

    Great shots, Peter. And the fawn is so cute. The place where I live is really far from the wild life. The only experience I had was when I did safari in national park. And I found that the animals were not that tame to human.

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  12. Robert Parker · August 1, 2018

    You’ve gotten some excellent shots. I’m sorry the bears make such a nuisance of themselves in your orchard, I have a soft spot for those guys. We see them very rarely in this part of New York, usually on walkabout from the Allegheny Mts in Pennsylvania.

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    • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

      Yes, they can be a great nuisance. But I also have soft spot for them. After all I do not have their permission to photograph them, so why should hungry bears have my permission to climb up our fruit trees?! Haha!

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  13. I love it!
    I would love to photograph a bear. You are lucky to have them so close…

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  14. Thank you for sharing your amazing images of your friends and guests, some of them might not be so very welcome around your fruit trees and so on. Yet you experience such beautiful wild life in your area. Have a blessed day, Peter.

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    • Peter Klopp · August 1, 2018

      The bears usually leave us alone and go to our neighbours who have their yards closer to the forest. I am happy you like the photos, Cornelia!

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  15. Su Leslie · August 2, 2018

    Wow. How incredible to have such wonderful wildlife all around you 😀

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  16. Des · August 2, 2018

    Peter, My neighborhood is starting to look pretty tame, compared to yours. Make sure Biene lets us know if you find yourself between one of those bears and her cubs!

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  17. arv · August 2, 2018

    All I can say is that you live in heaven that’s why you have other creatures in your vicinity. we live with the worst kind of animal – humans!!

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    • Peter Klopp · August 2, 2018

      On the one hand I agree with you and I am able to enjoy the natural beauty of an area untouched by humanity. On the other hand I am still optimistic enough to believe in humans capable of changing themselves to the better. Thank you, Arv!, for your thoughts and insights. Always appreciated! Peter

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  18. Dave Ply · August 2, 2018

    I don’t mind getting 30 feet from a deer, but a bear? Still, it’d be cool to get a good view, don’t think I’ve ever been closer than a couple hundred meters.

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    • Peter Klopp · August 2, 2018

      My wife was not too happy with me, when I stepped out of the car to take the photo. But black bears except when with cubs are generally not aggressive.

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  19. Anonymous · August 2, 2018

    Great photos!!!! It is amazing how patient you were to have this amazing chance! We also managed to see a deer in the forest close to the border with Germany, near Echternach.

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  20. rainydayreflections · August 2, 2018

    Wonderful photos. I love the deer; but the bear is amazing. When we moved to the country I thought we’d see more deer; but unfortunately our community is just too busy. We live in a lake community in the country. We have bobcats, raccoons, wolves, badgers and lots of snakes; but I rarely see them. They most come out at night when everyone is inside. I’d have to travel quiet a bit to see a bear though. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Mabel Kwong · August 4, 2018

    Wonderful shots of the deer and wildlife, Peter. It sounds like the deers aren’t scared of humans and maybe they have come to see you as friends…or maybe they feel a bit famous when you point your cameras at them 🙂 Sorry to hear they have become a nuisance recently with the fruit trees. It sounds like they have been hungry and the village has some delicious snacks on offer. Wonderful captures 🙂

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  22. Brenda Davis Harsham · August 5, 2018

    Magnificent shots, especially the bear. Yikes! You and your poor fruit trees.

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    • Peter Klopp · August 5, 2018

      Thank you, Brenda! I am so glad you like the photos. The bears can be a nuisance, but I still like to see them in the wilds.

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