Bear Pooh!

American Black Bear Pooh ©Kim Smith 2014 copyI love it when friends and readers ask what bird or butterfly (and moth and caterpillar), and am only too happy to help them learn more about the creature they have found. Very funny though is the wide range of nature-related questions that I am asked. At a job site recently, the crew could not wait to show me the above humungous pile of pooh. Should I be flattered or dismayed?

Three times as large as the largest Great Dane pooh that you could possibly imagine, and not the right consistency for dog poop, it didn’t take much searching to determine that it was Black Bear pooh. We double checked with our friend Richard from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and sure enough, it was confirmed to be bear pooh.



As an alternative to what was suggested by the MSPCA in their “co-existing with coyotes literature,” which is that kids be kept indoors and that we keep donkeys and llamas as coyote deterrents, we instead perhaps should repopulate Cape Ann with bears. After all, bears were here before the earliest European settlers (think Bearskin Neck).



Willowdale is located within the Bradley Palmer State Park, which borders the towns of Ipswich, Topsfield, and Hamilton, which border the towns of Essex and Manchester. Has anyone in recent history spotted a Black Bear on Cape Ann?

11142685-large-1 Cape Cod’s Resident Black Bears Gets Evicted

Excellent link provided by GMG reader artbev on Animal Scat Notes. Thank you artbev!

American Black Bear Images courtesy google image search.

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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17 Responses to Bear Pooh!

  1. Ohhh….I saw pet of the week posts in the comment section….then scrolled over saw the bear thinking Pet of the week ~oh ~ the pooh ~ dare I say ~ another fine informative post! :) BTW ~ that post that Tuffy sent to Joey ~ about the astronaut and the beans ~ I wonder what happens when …

  2. Dave Moore says:

    Education-Awareness this is very good mother with cubs are cute but also when they can become very protective. Had a person find a cub by itself out on a walk pciked it up and it started singing out mom was nearby and person was very lucky to get away. Best to just leave them and call game and fish. The tuffy video, think the person hiding behind the rock gave away the hiding place and well i suspect or think we may know how that ended (POST) :-O

  3. Phinn says:

    Where was that photo taken from

  4. artbev says:

    Here is some more guidance on ID’ing “scat”

    • Kim Smith says:

      Great link–thank you artbev. Seems to verify, “Scat may also appear as a loose pile with no particular shape when they are feeding heavily on berry crops in late summer to early fall.” It was during the fall when the pooh was found and the woods are rife with every kind of berry imaginable!

  5. Robin says:

    That picture certainly doesn’t look like it was taken “in the woods”.

  6. Phinn says:

    That’s crazy
    So we can assume there was a bear in hamilton or ipswich?


  7. karen says:

    Watch out you could find Yogi rummaging through your trash barrel for food.

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