Garbage Kills Bears
Much of what we throw out smells like food to a hungry bear. Standard metal or plastic trash cans won’t keep bears out. Once bears learn where it’s easy to get at the garbage, they’ll come back again and again.Never leave trash or recyclables out overnight
. Empty cans and boxes still smell like food. One study showed that simply putting trash out only on the morning of pick up cuts the chances of a bear visit from 70% to 2%.
Let’s all take that extra step to not leave trash out overnight or use a bear proof container/ dumpster. If you must leave trash outside, buy a bear-proof container. To avoid attracting bears, clean containers regularly with ammonia.
Teach Bears They’re Not WelcomeMost conflicts between people and bears can be traced to easy-to-get-at human food, garbage, pet food, bird seed or other attractants. When people allow bears to find food, a bear’s natural drive to eat can overcome its wariness of humans. Once bears know where to find food, they will come back – often, increasingly destructive – for more calories.
If a bear comes into your yard or close to your home, do yourself and the bear a big favor, and scare it away. A confident attitude plus loud noises like a firm yell (most bears fear human voices), clapping your hands, banging on pots and pans or blowing an air horn sends most bears running.
Black bears are curious, smart, very adaptable, and will eat just about anything with calories. Bears want to get the most energy they can with the least amount of effort. Every bear’s goal is to get fat enough to live through the winter.
Bears that get too comfortable around people can easily damage property, vehicles, and homes, and even become a threat to human safety. Habituated bears must often be destroyed. Do your part to bear-proof your home and property, and help keep bears alive and wild.