My neighbor called this morning to alert me to a black bear in her back yard. Here she is, munching on a glob of bird seed and suet she nabbed from up in the Ponderosa tree. She didn't seem the least bit perturbed by my presence, looking up at me occasionally then concentrating on her snack. This bear looks small enough to still be under the protection of her mother but I didn't see any signs of Mama Bear. It's the time of year when bears eat ravenously, storing fat for their winter of dormancy.