More about Bears

… because I find them fascinating.

This is a video of a bear trying to get into a bear-proof garbage bin.

He is one determined bear.

I don’t think this is the first bin the bear has rattled and rolled.  Hopefully it will be his last.

If a bear gets used to raiding garbage bins he becomes aggressive & territorial on his food source. Then he’s a threat to humans and Conservation Officers have to relocate or shoot him.

Since we’ve been in Ucluelet, we’ve had one case where a bear had to be relocated and another which had to be put down. I remember hearing a single gunshot reverberating through the forest. It wasn’t a good sound. 

Our condo has a huge industrial bin with a heavy cover held in place by a hinged steel bar. I have trouble lifting it but that’s ok — it’s Hubby’s duty to take out the garbage and tackle the bears.   Our bin even has a padlock but that’s for marauders of a two legged kind. A neighbor says it’s to avert non-residents who were dumping their garbage in our bins. The nerve.

BTW this video was taken in Alaska with a brown bear. Hubby says we have black bears here in Ucluelet and black bears are smaller. I don’t know, I haven’t had a chance to line them up to  compare.

Ucluelet, B.C.  August 2018

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Bear Aware

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I mentioned I live in wild country, where there are wolves, cougars and bears?

Oh deer, too!

The deer are not a hazard, unless you’re gardener.  But bears can be a problem.

Ucluelet has a Bear Advisory in effect and a community Facebook page keeps us informed (and alarmed) when there’s a bear in the neighborhood.

A recent sampling of posts in the community page :

July 18 at 8:27 PM    Bear is trying to get into the garbage at the Brown’s Beach parking lot.

July 18 at 5:09 PM    Five o’clock just scared a bear out of my yard, be bear aware……

July 18 at 5:09 PM    Bear was just in our backyard on Lorne White Place. It went running towards the Raven route trail.

My concern was less academic when I plotted the locations on the map.  All within 10 minutes from my house.

I resolved to not take out the garbage that night and confirmed that all the doors and windows were locked.  I figured our place was safe.  After all, our condo was on the second floor.    Cue me, paging through a list of photos on Facebook.

Apparently, bears can climb.

Hmmm. OK. Double check: Front and Deck doors are locked.

Ding! New Facebook post coming in:

Today at 7:51pm    Large bear just crossing Peninsula Road in between tourists by Pacific Rim Motel…

Peninsula Road is the main street running through town.  I wonder  if the tourists minded the bear crossing between them.  It’s funny!  Well, maybe not.

The problem is that bears should be afraid of humans. When they’re not  and they start meandering through the town, they become a danger to people and themselves.

So what do you do, if you see a bear?  Pick up your kids, hold onto your pet and talk in a low, calm voice. Eh? Explain that you’re leaving his area and back away without staring him in the eye.  And if it’s not male a bear? Hope that baby bear is in day-care.

Ucluelet, BC. July 2018