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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

14,001 BEARS!

There are approximately 14,000 black bears in the State of Michigan and 90% of them reside in the U.P. Hunting black bear is a very popular sport in the Fall as is trying to safely view bears and occasionally having to share a portion of the road with bears. There are bears in our area, as well as moose, wolves, coyotes, deer and other smaller critters.

Another big attraction to our area is Oswalds Bear Ranch. Believe me, it is NOT like going to a zoo. You will have to see for yourself, so please go to www.oswaldsbearranch.com and you will see what I mean! The bear habitat is only about 10 minutes from our business, Clementz's Northcountry Campground & Cabins.

You may be wondering why the title is 14,001 Bears when I have already told you the population is about 14,000. The following should help you better understand that extra bear. I do not take credit for writing the following and have no idea who did write it.

In this life I'm a woman. In my next life, I'd like to come back as a bear. When you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for 6 months. I could deal with that.
Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.
When you're a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts when born) while you are sleeping and wake up to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that!
If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.
If you're a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.
Yup, gonna be a bear!!

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