In the meantime, walls have been going up and coming down. Closets have been added, cubbies have been planned. Plenty of head scratching over how to layout the laundry room, with the placement of a dryer vent next to the hot water heater. How it was arranged before is a mystery.
We sat outside to ponder the changes when we spotted this. Yes it looks to be a bear paw. Estimated to be 150 -300 lbs. This would explain why the chain link fence is bent, despite efforts to straighten it. A neighbor would later confirm that there is a mama and cub that cross over the fence and take a drink from the cove. I will have to be vigilant when coming home at night.
They cross just a few feet from the outside wall of the master bedroom. The plan is to place a security camera there to catch them in the act.