A friend gave me some offsets from her bottlebrush buckeye plant, but not knowing quite where to put it – they get very large – I stashed the plants in my vegetable garden, which had not been planted. The time has come to plant vegetables, so I chose some spots for the buckeyes and transplanted them out of my veggie beds. I put one on the edge of my lawn in front of the house, and after putting it in I wandered off to do other garden tasks. About a half hour later I needed the wheelbarrow, so I went back to where I had planted the buckeye. I was walking without any special awareness, and so was surprised when the little black bear bolted from the base of the buckeye and vanished into the woods. He didn’t do anything to the plant – I guess he was just curious about the freshly turned earth. And all in all, no damage done, but it’s true that I don’t like having bears on my front lawn while I’m tinkering around the house.
He seemed little, but he got out of sight so quickly I wasn’t certain if he was a cub or just the same smallish bear that I see around. I presume the latter. I didn’t track him, for the obvious reasons.