My wife and I finally sold our old home on the plains and moved up to the mountains about a month ago. Our dream...
The lady we bought the home from left some garbage in the garbage bin and in the first couple nights we were there, it was turned over. The first time I thought maybe the wind, the second time, no way. The bin is pretty big and was very heavy, especially after picking up the stuff the first night and putting it back in there.
We have seen deer and elk every single day we have been here but no way would one want in the garbage. Had to be a bear.
So the week after we moved in I put up a wire fence to keep the dogs in and make it an irritant for anything wanting to get near the house. I know it cant keep anything out that would want to come in, but its done a great job for our wandering dogs that love to be outside all day.
We had a big rain last night and while we were looking out our window this afternoon at a little chipmunk, my wife pointed at the ground and sure enough, there were big prints in the mud.
Now, you have to understand, these prints were taken 3 feet from my office window. 3 FEET!! Which is about 4 feet from the window of where the baby's room is (yes we're expecting in November).
Needless to say, had it been walking around our windows at night and I saw that, I'd have probably crapped my pants.
Now I had a discussion w/ a friend of mine who thought these might be mountain lion prints but there are 4 or 5 of these in the mud around there and none of them have claws and they all look like these.
The 4th picture is a shot of the house. The bottom right window is my office, the bottom left is the baby's room. So the prints were down that slope on the other side of the rocks you see. Pretty freaky!
I'm just glad I don't have small dogs. Although the malamute would lose to a bear in a fight, it would probably be too much effort on the bear's part to want to attack it. The german shepherd is a little older but we dont let either of them out alone; they are always together. But if it wasnt a bear and was a mountain lion...
So, advice? I think it might be time to get a gun.