There have been daily reports of a grizzly bear feeding on apples while passing through properties in Rosen Lake. “I don’t mind bears in my yard eating apples, what’s the big deal?” 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! Bears will pass through our yards; we chose to live in bear country! It is important however, that the 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, bicycle 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.
Thanks for cleaning up the fuit trees, locking up the garbage, bringing
in the birdfeeder and bears will move on.