April and May are tricky times for composting in this area, because the bears are rummaging around and are extremely hungry. Wise folk are putting away their bird feeders, which turn into bear feeders around now. When I read about bears hanging out outside people’s homes all day, until the police come and shoot them (the bears), it’s usually in April. Well, just recently I was home all day working in my garden, when I went down to the spring in the early evening to get water (my water source is a few hundred feet down the hill from my house, and I walk down to it and fill up jugs and bring them back up to the house). Just a short distance from the house – right by my generator shed – I stopped, aware that the forest looked different. It’s curious how the mind works, if you asked me to draw the arrangement of the logs along this path I would be unable to do it, there are so many, but standing there I knew something had been moved. A large log had been turned over. And that was true throughout the entire area – a few thousand square feet – logs had been moved, and the bases of the trees excavated. It must have been a bear, looking for insects. He had done it that day – I had been in the same spot in the morning – and while I was just nearby the whole time.