by Vanessa Saunders
Yes it’s that time of year again when our friends from the woods tend to come a little too close for comfort when getting ready for their winter sleep…
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR KEEPING BLACK BEAR AWAY:
- Discontinue the practice of feeding suet and/or bird seed to birds for the entire summer.
- Bird feed is a very strong attraction even if they can’t reach it.
- Do not leave garbage outside of houses or garages. (Grease, fat, bacon and other meats
are extremely attractive to bears. These items should be disposed of in sealed
- Clean garbage cans and other refuse containers frequently with ammonia, bleach, or
- Place camphor disks (available from some drug stores) in garbage cans to mask food
odors. Other items may work as well, e.g. mothballs, air fresheners, Lysol, and ammonia
- Use plastic bags inside garbage cans to help hide odors.
- Store garbage cans in a secure place such as a garage, rather than storing them on a
- Remove the grease can from gas and charcoal grills after every use. Turn the grill on
“High” for several minutes after you are done cooking.
- Clean barbeque pits and grills thoroughly before leaving them outside. (We recommend
using aluminum foil and cleaning these items with ammonia cleaner.)
- Do not place food outside to attract raccoons, squirrels, or other wildlife.
- Clean old refrigerators and other insulated containers that are left outside.
- Turn off kitchen exhaust fans that vent to the outside when not in use. Make sure the
vent screen is cleaned regularly.
- Do not feed family pets outside. An empty dish can attract a bear
- Leave outdoor lights on or a radio playing all night.
- Do not leave dirty diapers or diaper pail outside.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BLACK BEAR:
- Never Approach or Surround a Bear – Bears aggressively defend themselves when
they feel threatened or cornered. Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears
are very protective.
- Use Noise to Scare Bears Away – Yell, clap, or bang pots immediately upon sighting
a bear near your home.