Living in bear country comes with its challenges, one of which is keeping bears away from your garbage. But how well do you understand bear behavior and what you need to do to deter them? Take this true or false quiz to find out!
True or False: Bears are attracted to the smell of garbage.
True! Bears have an exceptional sense of smell and the scent of garbage acts as a powerful attractant for them. It is crucial to address this attraction when taking preventive measures.
True or False: Keeping garbage in a secured container is an effective way to deter bears.
True! Securing your garbage in a bear-resistant container or bear-proof dumpster can significantly reduce the chances of bears accessing it. These containers are designed to withstand the strength and persistence of bears. This discourages their attempts to gain access.
True or False: It is safe to leave your garbage cans outside overnight in bear country.
False! Leaving your garbage cans outside overnight increases the likelihood of attracting bears to your property. Bears are primarily active during the night and may perceive your unsecured garbage as an easy food source. Always store your garbage in a secure location until it can be properly disposed of.
True or False: Placing ammonia-soaked rags near your garbage cans can repel bears.
False! Contrary to popular belief, ammonia-soaked rags are not an effective deterrent for bears. While the smell may be unpleasant, bears are generally not deterred by ammonia and may still attempt to access your garbage.
True or False: Feeding bears is an effective method to keep them away from your garbage.
False! Feeding bears, intentionally or unintentionally, only encourages them to return to your property. This increases the likelihood of dangerous interactions. It is illegal and unsafe to feed bears, as it disrupts their natural behavior and can lead to habituation or aggression.
True or False: Bears have a strong sense of smell, making it important to clean garbage cans regularly.
True! Bears possess an incredibly keen sense of smell, allowing them to detect even trace amounts of food. Regularly cleaning your garbage cans with a mixture of vinegar and water can help eliminate lingering odors that might attract bears.
True or False: Burning or burying your garbage is a recommended solution to prevent bear interactions.
False! Burning or burying garbage may seem like a viable option, but it can attract bears to your property. The scent of burned or buried food waste can linger, further enticing bears and increasing the risk of bear-human encounters. Proper storage and disposal are essential.
True or False: Bears can be deterred by installing motion sensor lights near your garbage area.
True! Motion sensor lights can startle and deter bears when they approach your garbage area. These lights disrupt their sense of security and make them think twice about venturing closer to your property.
True or False: Keeping your yard clean and free of other attractants can help keep bears away from your garbage.
True! Keeping your yard clean and free of other attractants is a crucial step in preventing bear encounters and keeping them away from your garbage. Bears are opportunistic feeders. If they find other sources of food in your yard, such as bird feeders, pet food, or compost piles, they will explore your garbage cans as well. By removing these attractants, you reduce the chances of bears being drawn to your property.
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Remember, it is our responsibility to protect both bears and ourselves by keeping garbage properly contained and minimizing interactions. If you’d like more information about BearSaver products and how they can help you, then contact us at 800-851-3887 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Customer Service Representatives are eager to answer all your questions and help you make the right decision with confidence. Contact us today!