A Better Place For Bears
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#1 May 4, 2009
Tariffville cannot remain silent...we're talkin' Freddy...
Having lived in both Granby and Simsbury, and having had several up close and personal bear meetings, I've found Tariffville's resident gentle giant, who I've dubbed "Freddy the Freeloader," to be not only as smart as Simsbury's bears, but as laid back as Granby's bears. We don't expect Freddy to attend school or pay taxes to earn his keep. He's told apart from the "Simsbeary" bears because he doesn't parade down Main Street or hob-nob with the locals at Starbucks and he's smart enough to have evaded the dreaded collars and ear tags for some time now; we'll never rat him out. He's quite "friendly" when he appears on decks uninvited. He lumbers along over miles of terrain very quietly and in a short period of time. His patrol route may take him 10 miles or more, but we know he can't wait to return to Tariffville where he finds his favorite gourmet treats. Freddy and I play hide and seek with the bird feeders; I hide them and he seeks them. Sometimes I win; sometimes he wins. For this season, so far we're 1-1.
Freddy is the best bird feeder bustin' black bear in the 3-Town territory. I suspect the only time his nose is "turned up" is when it's aimed directly at my bird feeders which have served to hone his raiding skills immensely over the past few years. Regardless, his nervous snorts and hisses and deckrail damage are always welcome in our neighborhood.
Tariffville's Crackerbarrel Pub would do well to create a drink in his honor and label it Freddy's Black Beer, and for the kids, Freddy's Fruit Punch.
Rock on, Freddy - stay wild and free - Tariffville's your turf!
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