Bear-Proof Your Trash!
This is a picture of our "bear-proof" fence. As
you can see, it is not a cumbersome or expensive solution. Any
ranch/farm supply and many hardware stores will have everything you
need to build a bear-proof electric fence. Inexpensive plastic
poles support an electric "hot wire" which is connected to a standard
12 volt car battery.
We keep our battery out of the weather by storing
it inside a large plastic storage container. The corner posts are
plastic and merely pushed into the ground - no tools required. For added
stability, we added tent peg tie-downs at the corners. When laying
out your perimeter, give some extra room around the trash bins.
We've had large bears actually reach over the fence and pull the bin
toward it laying it on top of the hot wires. Bears are smart - don't
take anything for granted :-)
Since this picture above was taken, we "upgraded"
our fence using metal "ranch fence" posts that are hammered into the
ground. Plastic insulators are mounted to the metal posts to
keep the "hot wire" away from the metal, which would short out your
fence and cause it to fail. By using the metal "T" posts, we
eliminated the corner tie downs and raised the overall height of the
fence. Again, this is an inexpensive solution as the posts
cost only a few dollars each and the insulators are sold by the bag
for a few dollars.
When we first started having problems with bears, we
acquired a special pet, a
Dog. In this pic, she is just a puppy and not quite ready to
defend the world against bears.
Why is this a problem?
The story below is duplicated every year in states
that have bear populations. In this case the bear wes relocated, but
too often the bears have to be destroyed.
State biologists tranquilized and moved a
grizzly bear that had torn through garbage receptacles on the
Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. The Department of Fish and Game had
received several calls from Sterling reporting that the bear was
rummaging through trash. It was darted near the Suzie's Cafe
trash bin about 7 p.m. Thursday. "It kind of left a trail of
destruction in its path," said wildlife technician Larry Lewis.
Read the rest of the story...
Teddy Bears, anyone?