Monday, August 15, 2011

Bear Aware (continued)

There has been alot of discussion this week about the bears in The Meadows.  And that was meant to be plural. Past posts have talked only about a younger bear, but it turns out there is at least one other older bear, Together, they may be mother and cub. So, thought it worth to post again to keep awareness to it.

The bears have been mostly on Risinghill and continue to go into the trash cans to forage.  They've been seen as early as 9 p.m. in neighbors' yards faraging through trash cans and eating fruit from fruit trees, particularly figs.

So, continued suggestions for living in harmony with our wildlife:

  • Don't put your trash out until trash day morning.
  • Keep trash cans in your garage if you have one.
  • Use double trash bags to minimize the scent.
  • Keep pet food inside at night.
  • Harvest your fruit. If you have some to give away, let me know and I'll post to this blog to share with neighbors.
  • If a bear is near your house, make loud noise (clanging of pots and pans). Bears will usually leave the scene when noise is heard.
  • Also, lights deter bears.  Maybe a motion sensor light is a good solution.
Calling the Sheriff may not be a real solution for a couple of reasons.  First, the bears will likely be gone by the time the Sheriff arrives.  Second, it's there policy to respond only when an attack has occurred and we can do plenty (all of the above) to never come near that situation.

Again, we share the land with the animals. Let's do all we can to coexist.

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