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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Problem Bear

Not sure where to post this question...I have been having a bear coming into the yard for about 2 months now. He has been knocking down my bird feeders and destroying garbage cans. I now keep my trash in the garage and bring my bird feeders in at night but he is still coming. I noticed he has been destroying the neighbors garbage cans when put out for pickup. He is coming through every 2-3 nights now. Last night he knocked over the my bird feeder post and there was not any feeder on it I guess he is angry I have been taking them in at night. Well last Weds night he came into the yard right before dark...8 PM. The neighbors children were playing outside and making a pile of noise, their dogs were barking...the bear didnt care. I opened the front door and began yelling and making a huge commotion...the bear just layed down and was looking right at the house. I am worried that he is going to come in before dak when my daughter and the neighbors children could be playing outside. I called the game commission and was told to keep everything in at night and the bear would eventually move on...which I have been doing for about 6 weeks...the bear is still coming through though. My question is what has to happen before the game commission takes any action?

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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 12:39 PM
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Re: Problem Bear

The game commission can't relocate every bear that spends time around people.A few years ago,I had a similar problem as you,minus the bird feeders.We had at least 9 different bears coming in,some of which were obiously habituated with humans.They destroyed my Mckenzie target and hammered our garbage every time we put it out.The garbage was a challenge because they picked it up anywhere from 1:00 am to 6:00 am.Therefore,we had no choice but to put it out at night.After a few weeks of this,I put some ammonia in a balloon and taped the ballon to a garbage can with syrup on it.The bear popped the ballon,got a facefull of ammomia and never came back
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Re: Problem Bear

i bet if you shoot the bear they will take action lets just hope the bear dont hurt no 1 before they trap it out
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post #4 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 01:05 PM
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Re: Problem Bear

The amonia sounds like a great idea, know it keeps cats away.

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Re: Problem Bear

make your own trap and then call the game commission and tell them you got a bear in it, then see how fast they take some action.
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Re: Problem Bear

DCE, thanks for the ammonia idea. I will give that a try this week.
With the bear startig to cme into the yard during the daylight I am worried one of the kids will end up between the bear and where he wants to be.

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I seriously wouldn't worry about it.I've been between bears and where they wanted to be lots of times and never had one go through me yet.The bear is associating humans with food.He'll find a new food source soon and be gone.
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Re: Problem Bear

The pgc recommends using a lawn rake to ward it off. My buddy had one coming in, I threw a quarter stick at it, he never came back again. I like that ammonia idea, I'll have to pass that one on.
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Ammonia worked for me too. I had bears carrying my bags of garbage into the woods every garbage night. I poured a little ammonia in the bags before I twisted on the ties and then put a couple dimples on the top of the bags and filled them with ammonia. Problem solved.
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post #10 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 07:51 PM
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If you pour some in a ballon and blow it up,they'll get a face full of mist,kinda like getting a shot of pepper spray.Works like a charm.
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