We live in the woods, where one of the challenges of gardening is facing off against the other critters that call this forest home. Coyotes, raccoons, opossums, fox, deer (by the herd)...we got 'em all. Bear too, one of whom just paid us a visit. He tore down one of our bird feeders, bashed it open, and chugged down its cargo of seed and nuts. Must be a fairly big black bear, as the feeder was almost six feet off the ground. After he was done, he just left it hanging. Last year, the bear grabbed a bag of chickenfeed and made off with it, leaving a Hansel-and-Gretel-like trail of crumbs halfway across the yard before giving up on the 50-lb bag. Oh well, it keeps things interesting.