Open 7 days a week, 9am - 6pm.

The Bear is Back in Black

The Paw print were left in the Pumpkins

The Paw print were left in the Pumpkins

It turns out that our “friend” Mr. black bear has returned or maybe never left the area. But he is making his presence known yet again here at Willowtree. This time he has taken to the giant pumpkins Al was growing. Al puts a lot of time and effort into his giant pumpkins each year in hopes of growing a pumpkin over a 1000 lbs. Last year he took one of his giant pumpkins to the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest were he received 10th place for his pumpkin which weighed 613.12 lbs. He was planning on returning again this year with another hopefully larger pumpkin and things were looking good so far. The pumpkins were growing nicely and the plants were large and beautiful, meaning they could produce a lot of energy to yield a large pumpkin.

 

Mr. Black Bear Paw prints

Mr. Black Bear Paw prints

Then Mr. Black bear found the giant pumpkin patch and had a hay day one night. He must have thought he found some sort of amusement park for bears because started to touch all the pumpkins.  He got his hands on every single on of them and broke them off the vine and rolled them around. Meanwhile he left his paw prints on each and everyone. Just so when Al showed up the next day there was no guessing who had been medaling with his prize giant pumpkins. It was Mr. Black Bear. Needless to say this was an extremely disappointing discovery for Al. All his effort wasted, but at least he got some cool pictures.

 

So far none of us have seen the bear at all this year but he is leaving us evidence that he is around.  Al has now put up a motion censored trail camera to hopefully catch a glimpse of Willowtree’s elusive black bear. The camera worked and we now have some good shots of what he looks like. He is a large and shiny bear that clearly spends his time at the back of our farm. We also got cool pictures of wild turkeys too. The Trail camera is a really cool way to see what goes on around the farm when people aren’t around.

Caught on Camera

Caught on Camera