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Old 04-24-2008, 12:34 PM   #1
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A Bear Ate my Compost

Looks like we have a bear in the neighborhood again. The last one had gotten in the habit of going into people's garages and opening their freezers, so he was shot.


I had made the compost raccoon proof with ropes and bungee cords, but that doesn't stop bears. Also, our empty garbage can was taken into the woods.

So no more composting. I think I'll look into vermiposting, and keep the container in our shed. Anyone do that?
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I predict your shed will end up looking the same way in short order.

Can I get into the vans gift basket derby without thanking you?
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Had our house broken in 2x from a bear. Cleaning up glass sucks. Try soaking rags in ammonia and placing them around the place. Bears hate the smell of strong chemicals.
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At Greg's hunting shack a bear nearly destroyed a shed because of corn stored inside.

How about just letting them root around in the compost? My cousin keeps her pile quite a ways from the house and just lets the wildlife go at it.

Here in the city I compost but I stopped with the food scrapes because of wildlife, especially skunks.
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yeah, if you just let him root around in the compost, he'll save you the bother of having to turn it.
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The bear ate my birdfeeder.
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This was a bear to clean up yuk yuk. Picked up glass for the next year.
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Where the heck do you guys live?
... oops ... Chicago cops shot a cougar the other day .... my bad
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Where the heck do you guys live?
... oops ... Chicago cops shot a cougar the other day .... my bad
Our place is up in Lake Tahoe. Right smack dab where bears should be living One evening watching the news we heard something at the door. I opened it and a bear was leaning on the door. I shut the door and yelled at him. My heart rate probably shot up to 200 beats a second :P

He pee'd on the porch and took off by the time I opened the door back up to get a picture. I think I wet myself too a bit.
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Our place is up in Lake Tahoe. Right smack dab where bears should be living One evening watching the news we heard something at the door. I opened it and a bear was leaning on the door. I shut the door and yelled at him. My heart rate probably shot up to 200 beats a second :P

He pee'd on the porch and took off by the time I opened the door back up to get a picture. I think I wet myself too a bit.
Don'tcha hate it when that happens ... the bear I mean.
and I didn't know that bears are so civilized ... knocking at the door
being a city boy, the closest I get to bears and other wild life is the zoo.
Nice and safe there.
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If he were neat about it, I'd let him root around, but it's too much work to put the bin together every few days. Also, the game department asks that we not have compost bins, since it encourages them.

Looking into the worms, I'm thinking it's just too gross.
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You'd need at least a gross of them.
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Before we moved down south from western New Jersey, I looked out back one spring morning to see a big black bear eating the grease from the bottom of the weber gas grill while leaning up against the rails on the lower deck of the house!

Great sight!!
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Yeah, but she was hitting on underage guys.
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Nothing that a well placed high-power rifle shot wouldn't take care of.
I've found black bear poop in the yard, never seen him yet. Mostly have the deer and occasional turkey gaggle hanging around in the yard.

Take in your bird feeders!
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I shot a bear at work once, didn't have a choice. Poor bear wandered into the wrong neighborhood.
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If he were neat about it, I'd let him root around, but it's too much work to put the bin together every few days. Also, the game department asks that we not have compost bins, since it encourages them.

Looking into the worms, I'm thinking it's just too gross.
Forget the bin, just pile it up. If you're lucky, he'll pee on it...extra nitrogen for the garden...

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If you are putting food scraps in the compost that may be why the bear is interested. I advocate for a compost pile well away from the house and don't include food scraps. If you want to compost vegetable food scraps consider keeping them in a sealed container in the garage for a week or two then dumping the resulting gunk in a hole and covering it with dirt.

Never compost meat scraps.
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