She lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. She and her neighbors are often visited by bears. Everytime we go up there I watch for them at night. I would love to see them roam her area...but from the comfort of our bedroom UPSTAIRS or the upstairs balcony. But my sweet mother has begun a new behavior that scares me and my sister to DEATH!!! A couple of months ago, she told me that a bear was drinking the nector, which she has for humming birds, from her flower bed in front of her front porch. She OPENED the door and told him to "leave that alone and move on!". I scolded her and told her that I didn't think she needed to be opening her front door and be talking to the bears. Well, this morning she told me the same thing. She was having coffee at 6:45 this morning and there was another big bear in front of her porch, so she opened the door again to send him on his way! My sister is flying up there tomorrow, so I called her a little while ago and asked her if she was aware of mom's conversations with the bears. To which she responded...."YES!!!" So we feel the same way. I told her to have a long chat with mom about the Bears and the Bees! BTW, she wants to see the bears too, but from upstairs, safe and sound!