A couple of days ago “Cody” the neighbour dog and sweet “Bowie” chased an animal towards the creek, I assumed it was a Raccoon, more images, there are a few around and they are no problem as long as no garbage is left outside.
But, this was a small 2 year old black bear, he had turned over a few stumps I use as bird feeders, and taken a small plastic measuring cup I use as a scoop. Today I saw his droppings, just a few feet of the feeders. His droppings are half the size of an adult, and all vegetable matters. It is probably the one cub that visited often last year with his mother, now foraging alone.
I now use wooden stumps as feeders, no damage when they are turned over. This wild Mallard pair stops by every evening, the Drake keeps watch, and the duck can get a meal. The nest is probably fairly close by.