The Bear problem
Nothing happened for over a year. I found no evidence that the bear was still visiting. I placed bird seed on a plate so I could remove it every night. That worked well for awhile.
The second encounterMy dog was recovering from knee surgery and I was taking him out the front door since there was no stairs. I took my dog out the front as usual in the morning and let him do his business. We went back inside. My deadbolt wasn't working properly so I reopened the door to fix it and this is when I saw it. It was walking the same path through the front yard towards my feeder. I quickly shut the door and grabbed a camera. These are the shots I got of it through the front window of my house. The crazy thing was it had to be close by when I was outside with my dog. I didn't notice it at the time but my dog was sniffing the air more than usual that morning.
I watched it through the window as it walked up to my empty feeder and then kept walking through the woods. I did some research on Black Bears and it appears this was an adult female that weighted about 85 lb. I haven't seen her since but I now have a healthy respect for these beautiful creatures and lets just say I look around before walking out my front door now.