I live in a very nice neighborhood in a small town in the Sierra foothills in Northern California. I seem to share this neighborhood with at least one aggressive and hungry bear. Three times in the past two weeks, Iíve poked my head outside in the wee hours of the morning, only to find my garbage cans (and sometimes even yard-waste cans) overturned, contents strewn all over.
It wasnít so bad when it just happened on garbage day, after I took them down the long driveway to the streetóbut now, the bear is within five feet of my home. I donít mind telling you, itís freaking me out. And, from what I can tell by the paw prints, this is a pretty large male (as in > 400 lbs.).
So, for all of you out-door types who are capable of creating bear deterrents, can you think of anything to help me solve this problem? I really donít see signs of Smokey trying to get into the house (yet), but there are times when I leave the house at 3:00 am to drive to the airport. Therein lies the basis of my fear.
My garbage company does not supply bear-proof cans. I do not have a garage to put them in. Although I have a fence that I could put them behind, word has it that the wood fence would be putty in his hands (or paws as the case may be). I would like to solve this soon. Iím sure my local gas station is wondering why I am putting so little gas into my car, but dropping a small bag of garbage into the trash just after dinner.