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A lazy black bear helped itself to an easy meal of bird seed on the back yard deck at the Fredrich home in the town of Troy, near Townsvalley and East Cove roads (just east of County Road F) Wednesday evening, July 20. Submitted photo

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A lazy black bear helped itself to an easy meal of bird seed on the back yard deck at the Fredrich home in the town of Troy, near Townsvalley and East Cove roads (just east of County Road F) Wednesday evening, July 20.

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The bear stayed for about 40 minutes until it was full. It also pressed its nose to the patio door to get a better look inside at the Fredrich's dog, then climbed over the deck railing and wobbled off into the woods.

The Fredrichs plan to remove all the bird food so the bear doesn't return again. They report major damage to their bird feeders and add that several bear sightings have been made in their area over the past few years, but that the bears don't bother anyone much.

Regarding the July 20 bear visit to their deck, Troy Fredrich says, "It sure was fun to watch!"

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