My parents had a curious Black Bear on thei porch at their cabin. The property backs up to the Lincoln National Forest in NM so the get all sorts of stuff wandering up to the cabin. First time theyve gotten a bear though. I'll see if I can get the pictures and put em up. They are kinda hard to see b/c for obvious reasons they didnt want to use the flash...
Based on its height on the bannister of the deck, it was about 40" or so tall at teh shoulder. I have no idea if thats a big black bear or not, but it looked big in the pictures.
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
-John Stewart Mill