Only in Vancouver BC - a bear on a tennis court!

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  1. BlueB

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    No not the pics of an actual bear, just the footprints....
    These courts are next to my son's school, I play there at least twice a week. Photo taken just 15min after the schools' principal announced a warning about bears in vicinity.

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    My foot, to show the size of the big boy's footprint:
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    How he entered and left the court:
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  2. Babolatbarry

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    Thats awesome!
     
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    Last year, just before the late snow started in TahoeCity, Nevada, a mom bear was found with two pretty big 150 lbs cubs in the courts on the way to NorthStarResort. It was on front page news as part of the stuff about no rain by Dec. stories.
     
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    Another "Björn" who likes to stay behind the baseline.
     
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    Unbearable? :)

    If the bear tells you it is his court, are you going to argue the point? :)
     
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    Win every point with a lob.
     
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    Awesome :)

    Living in the UK warps my perspective on wildlife a little bit. Last night I heard a fox for the first time in ages, and that's as exciting as it gets.
     
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    That is so funny, I was just thinking about this last week, how cool would it be, to one day meet a bear on the tennis courts at the park? Awesome photo opp.

    Where is that court anyway? North Van? POCO?
     
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    We are so blessed here, by numerous public courts... and wildlife :D
     
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    This is not a bear, it was Raonić.
     
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    I hope he eats a pusher ...
     
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    My God, that is beautiful. I don't want to live without nature anymore. I wish the clay were free in the big city wilderness parts where I live. 1 time I snuck into a clay court at a private school during winter, wasn't supposed to but I couldn't resist. Sometimes I wish I were a bear, so I could lay down on clay courts wherever I want, and people would be too scared to tell me to move over to the next court. And, because I would be a bear, I wouldn't be too self-conscious, if I forgot to put gel in my hair. It'd be pretty cool.

    Honestly, to play on clay is a rare and precious treat. It feels so much more natural. I can't ever remember not locking in 100% on clay or indoors, bcs. it was always such a treasure. Now those courts must inspire the "spirit of play," that I'm so fond of. If you have bad concentration, clay and indoors will cure that. That's why Bruguera was an underrated indoor rockstar, but sucked on hard courts. Players with come and go wills, tend to do well indoors irrespective of whether their actual technique was made for the stuff or not. Eliminate the variables, one sometimes wonders whether living in the big cities is worth it after awhile. Unless you're there to be a rock star, one truly does wonder. It's the quality of wonder. In the big city if you try to wander, u may get mugged on ur way to Starbucks...it's very scary. Bears don't scare me, bcs. once I saw a Youtube video, and the cat scared the bear just by going merow, and jabbing w. his paw...careful not to hyperextend it there buddy, bcs. it just might get caught, and then what? Oh...then, that cat would limp away pretty fast I dare say, pretty fast.

    If cat's eats a lot of corn, I hear it's a performance enhancer. If they ever had a Cat De France, those cats would probably be spilling out corn seeds, as they roll...bounce w. me, bounce w. me, sounds like a rad cat song. I like cats, and bear skin rugs are nice to sleep on. Don't know that I'd want to try when they're alive. If their skin gets gray when old, would u notice? Would u care, if you pelted that bear, while playing tennis, and didn't even know? I'm a big fan of that old SNL skit with that nature voice guy, w. self-confidence problems. That was funny. But it's been years since I've watched SNL, but there was this one babe though...she wore a wig, or her last name was wig, don't know, but she was kinda hot, & I bet she had a tat underneath her watch, but nobody knows it but me...if Babyface sang to that bear he'd probably feel like Tony Curtis or Barry Manilow, depending on bear cave of origin. I bet the wild life sing in Vancouver, BC, they're very appreciative, don't believe in violence. If I could play tennis there for 1 day, I'd ignore my trick knee, and just play for free...ah yes, trying to remember the last time, I brung the "spirit o' play."

    You don't have weeds growing there, do you? Bcs. that'd really just ruin it for me. Next time u go to those nice natural clay courts, after dropping off you're son, kiss the sun, and it'll make you live longer, play freer, and just watch, the soccer moms on their all-terrain scooters will compliment you on your great hair...on their way to Super Duper Fresh, only in Vancouver. If even one horndog, reads this and decides to go to Vancouver on their next vacation, I want commission. Not no used scooter transmission. Something useful, like fluvver. Jennifer Flavin? Not that'd she'd be interested, but not really interested, not that she's interested...is she? Nah....
     
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    I just noticed something. U're shoes look really clean, keep it up! 8)
     
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    :confused: Ok, I guarantee that no one will actually read this entire post. And animals don't sing, I am sorry.
     
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    At least he didn't foot fault ;-)

    It could have been Raonic thinking about practicing his serve & getting a phone call from a hot tennis fan & left.

    Also from Vancouver ;-)
     
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    When Sasquatch shows up, let us know.:)
     
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    And the students!
     
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    Just to clarify, these are the hardcourts. Don't quite understednd where the clay idea came from...
     
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    Bear with me here, but even animals know to use a non-marking sole on clay courts. Clearly these are hard courts.
     
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    Only in Vancouver indeed, if it was China this sort of thing would cause pandamonium
     
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    Why are the tracks so highlighted? Fake? Or, did someone dust the tracks?
     
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    Ever check the courts in Alaska? Yellowstone? Yosemite?
     
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    Bear no like people cutting trees and playing stupid game with ball and stick
     
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    Yeah, after there was a concer that a bear was on the court RCMP came to "take the prints" and dusted the tracks. ;)
    There is a dirt road, between those benches just outside the court and the forest. Bruin had to cross that to enter the court = dusty paws.

    Unlike those other places, Vancouver is a major metropollitan area...
     
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    Aha! So, Dudley DoRight showed up to dust for paw prints. No doubt the bear has a criminal record. :)
     
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    Lol. I see what you did there.
     
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    In this market, did you expect to see a bull?
     
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    lobbers and pushers and bears, oh my
     
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    Next time bear gonna crap on the court if he sees man playing stupid game
     
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    In Soviet Russia, Tennis Court invade Bear!
     
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    I remember Vancouver had a huge problem with Bruins a couple of years ago. There were even riots about it, as I recall.
     
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    Not only in Vancouver...
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    ^ Hey, we're done, you can have the court. Run Away !!!!:)
     
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  38. vive le beau jeu !

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    is that a federbear ? :)
     
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  39. 15_ounce

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    Awesome!

    Here we have Laughing Kookaburras, literally laughing at us when we hit the ball out or hit some silly shots!
     
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  40. vive le beau jeu !

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    Photoshop, for sure.
    Drop shadow is on the opposite side from the cast shadows of the trees...
     
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  43. vive le beau jeu !

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    no magic needed here: the tree branches are just extending above the corner of the court... and seals are common in the area.
    :)
    that's why he's looking for a partner to play tennis in order to forget about her... i mentioned in another thread that bud rated him as a 4.0.
     
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    Ha, ha, I can buy that! I played on a court that had a branch over, close to the net. No loopy shots on that half... We called it "obstacle tennis court" :)
     
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  45. vive le beau jeu !

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    i'm sure you could beat the nadal on that half ! ;)
     
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