Bear in my FRONT YARD!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by KellyGwen, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    Lake Luzerne, NY
    There was a BEAR in my front yard earlier this evening!! I grabbed my camera (and my gun) and ran out to close up my coop! [​IMG]

    I didn't get a picture of him... but last week my neighbors found his... um.. poop in their yard...

    How likely is he to break into my coop??? I live in a very rural part of the state. There isn't any real yummy or stinky food in my coop (other than the chicks! [​IMG]) and I think he'd be more likely to raid our compost heap... [​IMG] but....

    Has anyone else had trouble with bears bothering their chickens????
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    We have a bear or two that live around here and find poop, but he has never bothered my coops. On my old property I saw bears all the time, never bothered my coops there either. I wouldn't worry about it much but I wouldn't leave the coop wide open at night either:>)
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    I wouldn't take any chances for sure. You did the right thing in making sure the coop got locked up. Make sure they're in nice and tight for the night! [​IMG]
  4. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] WOW! we dont have bears here
  5. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    There are plenty of threads on here about coops being torn open by bears. Use the search function above and you will find plenty with pics. They are a real threat to your flock. You should also talk to panner123, he will tell you all about bears and chickens. Good luck!
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I sent hatching eggs to one of our members who had his entire flock decimated by a bear, so yes, if they decide they want those chickens, not much except a hotwire will stop them.
  7. talos321

    talos321 Songster

    Yes they will kill them. This concerns me because they are being found in South Carolina now as they are moving here due to habitat loss.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I know we have bears here around my neighborhood, but so far, they haven't bothered the coops at all. There was a sow with a cub spotted several times last year about 1000 ft from my house.
  9. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Quote:Bears don't care one if your coop is closed or not if they want in. Bears will eat chickens, a couple of years ago I lost 35 in one night. What they really go after is the feed. So what I have done is store some feed right below my bedroom window. The window is open 24/7/365 with a 12 ga shotgun, loaded 3" mags with triple 0 buckshot. At that distance it won't go far. I due perfer using a bow just not at night. Oh and by the way, they will come in the house. Have had that happen twice. Anytime you see a bear on your property, forget the camera get your gun. You can take better photos of a dead bear and it is a heck of a lot safer. You only have two friends when a bear is on your property, Smith & Wesson. And whatever you do, DO NOT use a paintball gun, pellet gun or a 22. Use the biggest one you have. You don't want to make it mad or wound it, you want to
    KILL it. I do not like any predator man or beast threating my family or critters. Next to man a bear is the most dangerous.
  10. kees

    kees Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    I don't think that a lock will deter a bear. As another poster said, it's better to kill it right the first time.

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