Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Big Sky Country
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You Can't Make This Stuff Up Update:
The realtor contacted the neighbor and it turns out he's the one who's been setting up the barricade and posted the signs. After talking to him the deputy & private security were cancelled. The realtor & I went yesterday & met with the neighbor at the property. Here's his story: "glad you guys are here to secure the property as there's a transient living in the house - Oh and be careful, he carries a .22 rifle. There's also a 3YO grizzly bear hanging around, he's usually in the crawl space of the guest house. He's bluff charged me a couple of times, but he's fairly harmless - It's the 500 pound sow with 2 cubs that you need to watch out for, she's been pretty aggressive." He showed us bear pics on his cell phone & we headed up the driveway. . .
We did a quick walk through of all the buildings with the neighbor as point man with his shotgun, ending with the lower barn. We were all standing around the front of the barn when we heard the door on the back slam shut. Neighbor runs around the side and says the guy was running down the mountain, "He must have been up in the loft".
Later, as I was pulling out of the driveway, the neighbor calls me, "Heads up, the 3YO griz just walked through my yard into a patch of trees & is headed your way." I waited in the truck for awhile but didn't see him.
I'm headed back up there today to change locks on 12 doors, install 15 padlocks, board the crawl space opening, winterize 4 buildings, and get pics for ~400CY trash-out bid - Bear spray on the left/.45 on the right. I'll see if I can't get a bear pic or 2 to post here. . .
Iíve already told you more than I know.