I know they're supposed to be around, but this is the first time in the six years I've been here that I've seen one. He was about deck level across the creek and browsing through tree stumps for goodies. He was maybe five feet or so long and looked really healthy. We think that with all the burn scars in the mountains we're going to see more varied critters down here to browse than usual. Most animals who don't want to be seen usually aren't, but I guess if you're a bear you don't worry too much about it. P.S. I stomped another scorpion in the kitchen this morning. That's two this week and they're bigger than the ones we usually get. I dislike using pesticides, but I'm going to have to find something that will get rid of the little terrorists that won't put me on the econazi's hit list.