By John J. O’Dell
I’ve lived in Nevada County since 1965. As a licensed land surveyor and civil engineer, I’ve walked many a mile through the woods, and never have encountered a bear, a few rattlesnakes but no bears. However, as we crowd into their neighborhood, their natural food supplies diminishes and human sources of food becomes attractive.
I remember one of my neighbors waking up in the morning after he had strapped his garbage can lid down, finding his garbage can down the hill with large claw marks on it. His solution, he put the garbage out in the morning on collection date. No more problems.
Here are some tips on dealing with bear problems if you are really worried about it:
Garbage problems can be solved with the purchase and correct use of a bear-proof garbage container. Save money by sharing one with a neighbor! For Approved bear-proof containers and where to buy them. click here.
Source: Tahoe Council for Wild Bears
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