This is a reply that I often get when I visit people with trees loaded with apples and rotting windfall fruit all over the ground! Fire and smoke will be driving bears into town anytime now. Bears will pass through our yards, we chose to live in bear country! It is important however, that bear is not rewarded for being there. When a bear gets food(garbage and apples) in your yard, it doesn’t know that your tolerance for bears is higher than your neighbours. It learns that a house, lawn, bicyle and the faint smell of people comes with an easy meal. It eats, learns and moves on. Eventually it will find itself somewhere it is not welcome. And when bears and humans are in conflict , the bear dies nearly every time.
So thanks for keeping garbage away from bears and cleaning up or removing apple trees. If you are unable to manage your fruit trees due to disability, illness, elderly or lack of equipment: there is a group of volunteers able to assist you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Wildsights’ Apple Capture Program http://www.wildsight.ca/branches/elkvalley/apple-press/
Keeping garbage away from bears and cleaning up fruit trees will result in a cleaner and safer community for everyone.