So.... tonight I watched a very hungrybear rip down my bird feeders with little effort. They were hanging from a tree using a 500# line....it snapped like they were hanging from a thread. The feeders were 8' off the ground....he just stood on his hind legs and it was easy pickings!
It got me thinking as to how easy a bear could rip apart my greenhouse with the scent of fresh fish and veggies.
I'm curious to know if anyone has had experience with bears............
Yes, we have. Fotunately our friendly neighborhood Game Officer lives just about 1/2 mile from us. He gave us what are called "poppers" to use to get rid of (scare off) a herd of marauding elk and a troublesome bear. These work wonders! They are a shotgun shell that you shoot and it launches a distance and then sort of explodes among the herd (or near the bear). And scares them off...In a few weeks they return, but atleast the daily occurance and damage gets stopped. You might try looking into something like this. Ask your local Game/Wildlife officer.
We had a large black bear raid our bee hives. He busted open the super and licked the honey off like a lolipop! I went out yelling in my underwear at the bear ( 3am ), only when I was within 30 feet did he bugger off. Yes they are pests but treat them with respect as they are very powerful and determined animals!
Jason here in Colorado running at a bear can cost you your life. They are a bold breed I suppose.
I have used motion sensors on flood lights at night to spook them off but in the day time I don't know what works. I wound up moving away into the town.