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    Posted July 8, 2014 by
    Stephen48739
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    Michigan
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    AuSable River, Michigan

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     On a cold March day back in 2006, Stephen Messenger decided to photograph the Au Sable River from a highway bridge in Oscoda, Michigan. The river runs approximately 138 miles and empties out into Lake Huron. It is considered one of the best places to find brown trout. You can see this sprawling river from the many lookout platforms built by the U.S. Forest Service throughout Michigan.
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    Less than two miles from our cabin runs the Ausable River, a beautiful waterway, in Northern Michigan. Bald eagles nest there, otters play there, black bears raise their cubs among the cedar groves along the banks.
    For the first time, in the forty years I've lived here, we had a black bear visit us. Half-past eleven p.m., on a Friday evening a few weeks ago, we heard a loud bang outside our living room window.
    When I turned the outside light on, there it was, a huge black bear, right under our picture window, eating sunflower seeds out of our smashed bird feeder.
    It sat there for a half hour before leaving.
    I'll bring our bird feeders inside at night from now on (at least during warm weather). We also purchased a bear-proof garbage can, to encourage our "visitor" to find food elsewhere.
    For me, having bears, deer, bobcats and owls in my neighborhood, is proof of a good balance and diversity of habitat.
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