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Black bear pays a visit to West Kingston couple

May 12, 2011

Photo Courtesy Hickox Family

Charles and Jean Hickox have been visited recently by a black bear at their home on Yawgoo Pond Road in West Kingston.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – When Charles and Jean Hickox awoke one morning at their Yawgoo Pond Road home, they did not expect to find a black bear rummaging through the birdfeeders in their back yard.

“We’ve seen him quite a few times. One morning we looked out and there he was. He spent the better part of the day hanging out in the backyard,” Jean Hickox said.

Since early April the Hickoxes have encountered their grizzly visitor snooping around their backyard, where he has been chowing down on the bird seed they leave out.

“I said to Charles, there’s a bear in our yard. He said ‘We can’t have a bear in our yard.’ When he came back, he said, ‘You’re right, there’s a bear in our yard.’ We didn’t know what to do with him,” Mrs. Hickox said.
Each time the black bear stops by the Yawgoo Pond Road, the Hickoxes said it eats their bird seed. The curious beer even took down all of their five birdfeeders and consumed the seed.

“If we throw out seeds for chipmunks, he’ll come and eat that right on the terrace,” Mrs. Hickox said.

The Hickoxes, who last saw the bear on Sunday, May 1, said several of their neighbors have reported seeing the black bear as well.
“At first we were really scared, but now we don’t pay much attention because we don’t have any bird feeders left up,” Mrs. Hickox said.

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