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.