Two Thanksgivings ago, a turkey wandered into our back yard on the edge of the preserve. Lucky turkey. A neighbor across the street lives near Heron Lake, which is behind his home. He’s had Eastern Diamondback snakes coming from the lake, making their way into his yard, and he’s fired his rifle at them.
I’m glad that I didn’t tell him about the recent bobcat and bear sighting in our neighborhood. The black bear was lumbering up the main entrance street of our community. Later that day, it was spotted coming out of the bushes at a busy intersection about a half-mile away.
There have been numerous bear sightings in Collier County in the last few months. Some of the bears seem to prefer the country club lifestyle, since they’re often sighted around the resorts on or near the Gulf beaches.
The bear that we’d seen was recently caught in Naples and transported to the Picayune Preserve. It wasn’t long before the discriminating bear was seen in affluent Palm Beach County.