Seeing an average-sized black bear on your property can be nerve-wracking. After all, the typical American black bear can weigh anywhere from 100 - 300 pounds. But what would you do if you saw a 500-pound black bear at your home or business? That’s what’s happened in South Lake Tahoe recently, where an enormous black bear known as “Hank the Tank” has made himself at home. He’s ballooned to that size after breaking into at least 28 homes and snacking on garbage and human food. Unfortunately, this is a situation that can be dangerous for both people and bears. But it’s also avoidable. Here’s what you need to know about keeping yourself and your local bears safe.
Easy access to human food is detrimental to bears
While the typical black bear will make meals of grubs and berries, they’ll eat whatever is closest and easiest to find. This often means that garbage, human food, and pet food that is left out will attract bears. But snacking on these types of foods can be detrimental to bears. It can cause bears can grow beyond their normal size. In addition, bears who forage for human food may not go into hibernation. This can cause damage on the cellular level, affecting a bear’s health and longevity. And let’s face it, bears who become unafraid of humans are in danger of being euthanized – an outcome that nobody wants.
Prevention is crucial
Understanding bear behavior and taking steps to remove things that will attract bears is key to preventing dangerous encounters. When you live in bear country, you must be “bear aware”. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, some of the key ways to keep black bears off your property include:
- Not tossing food scraps into the yard.
- Buying and properly using bear-proof trash cans and recycling bins.
- Waiting to put trash out until the morning it is collected.
- Keeping trash cans clean and deodorized.
- Not leaving trash or groceries in your car.
BearSaver bear-proof containers help solve the problem
If you want to help keep bears safe, then using bear-proof containers is essential. BearSaver has worked with bear experts and wildlife biologists for years to understand bear behavior and create products that work easily and effectively. From our bear-resistant CE Series, HA Series, BE Series, MINI DEPOT, and HID-A-BAG trash cans and recycle bins to our food storage lockers, cart garages, residential/municipal can enclosures, and hot coal containers, we’ve got exactly what you need. We can even customize the design and fabrication of your containers and install unique graphics to create a solution to a specific problem or need you may have.
Contact BearSaver today
Living in bear country means being vigilant about your trash and recycling. If you’d like to learn more about how BearSaver products can help you, then contact us at 800-851-3887 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and YouTube. Let’s talk about how our bear-proof containers can help protect you, your property, and local bears!