You Don't Secure Your Garbage Can

I, like many, live near a wooded area where bears live.  The right side of my property borders on a 770 acre game preserve, therefore I keep my garbage can inside my garage.  I spoke with a lady yesterday who also lives in my town who told me that although she secures her garbage can her neighbor doesn't.  For the last two days a bear walked across her driveway going to a "picnic" at her neighbors unsecured garbage can.  Last week a black bear was in the street in front of my house.  After examining my neighbor's car, he probably didn't like the make and model, he ambled down the street, up the driveway of one of my neighbors, two houses away, trashed his outside garbage can and left through his backyard.  To his credit he, my neighbor not the bear, now puts his garbage can in his garage.  It should go without saying (then why am I saying it) that encounters between humans and bears never seem to go well.

We humans are the ones who encroached into their natural habitat.  Shouldn't we then be the ones not to do something, needlessly, that hurts them ?  When a bear becomes a "trash bear" he hangs around neighborhoods, becomes dangerous and is then usually killed.  Bears are in every part of the country, therefore you should know if you live near bears and take appropriate action.  Any type of food should be secured, that includes bird feed which bears love.  When bears start to depend on trash they can no longer forage for themselves and can starve to death after the trash cans are secured.  Isn't it nice and peaceful living in bear country?  Then let's return the courtesy and not hurt the bears. 


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