bear and cubs at trash corral

What’s on the bear menu? Everything.

Bears are attracted to anything that smells; it doesn’t even need to smell good. Garbage, compost piles, dirty diapers, pizza boxes, empty beverage cans…to a hungry black bear, it all smells like something good to eat.

Safety for You, Your Neighbors & the Bears: If you and your neighbors keep your food and garbage securely out of sight, smell and reach, you’ll be helping to keep bears in the wild and out of your neighborhood.

Out of Sight, Out of Smell, Out of Reach

Store garbage and recycling where bears can’t smell or access it: either in a properly latched bear-resistant container or inside a bear-resistant building are the most effective options. Flimsy sheds are not bear-resistant. A pickup truck bed is not an option.

If your trash collection company doesn’t offer bear-resistant containers, you can find tips for buying or creating your own on our Keep Bears Out page as well as information about creating a trash corral or enclosure and many other tips.

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bear at the door (photo by Sheryl Moore, Georgia)

Bears Are Curious and
Always Exploring

If a bear follows its nose to a buffet of easy-to-get-at foods, containers, pet foods or garbage, it learns that where there are people, there is food.

Bears also have great memories, so when a bear gets a big food reward, you can be sure it will come back looking for more. In fact, bears are so smart, in some areas they’ve even learned what night the trash goes out to the street for pick up. Read More…

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