If I were a bear, I would really like your yard!
Unwanted attractants, such as a summer bird feeder or insecure
garbage storage makes your yard attractive to bears. This endangers
everyone living in this neighbourhood. Nobody wants a bear wandering
where their children may be playing. This notice has been forwarded to you
by one of your concerned neighbours.
Mountains are a special place to live, but with that comes a responsibility to
reduce the potential for conflicts with wild animals. Recent bear attacks have helped bring attention to the problem of wild animals being
attracted to urban areas.
Mountain communities like ours have spent extensive amounts of
time and money trying to reduce the townsites attractiveness to
animals like bears. This is still not enough, and we must all
take an active role in this struggle. Our goal is to keep our wild animals
wild--not wandering through our community.
What can you do?
feeders have played a very serious role in attracting bears into
mountain townsites. Take your feeder down in the summer. If you
must have a feeder, wait until late November before filling it with
seed, and don't forget to take it down before the bears come out in
spring, usually by early March. Also, be sure to store your bird
not store garbage outside or in your vehicle. Pickup truck toppers
are not bear proof, and we must remember that it is the smells that
draw the bears to a specific location.
your compost free of meat and meat by-products. It is important to
limit what we place in our compost heaps. Avoid placing fish, meat,
bones, egg shells, dairy products or fruit into your compost. Adding
some lime to your compost can also speed up the decomposition and
reduce the smell.
your barbeque clean. The smell of a juicy steak can permeate the
air and attract more than envious glances from non-barbequing
neighbours. These same smells can attract bears to your deck once you
head to bed. When you're finished your feast, burn the food off of the
grill, or at least clean the barbeque carefully. Also, if you store
your barbeque outside, use a cover as this will reduce the smell
emanating from it. Keeping your patio door closed when cooking indoors
also helps to reduce the smell of food in the air.