Bear problem

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChatLunatique, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. ChatLunatique

    ChatLunatique Hatching

    Dec 5, 2014
    My house chicken used to enjoy the outdoors in the summer but this fellow (Seen here using my pond as his private cooling pool)
    [​IMG] has become a worrisome visitor. I've tried ammonia, pepper spray, and noisy pots and tin cans tied to the fence, but nothing dissuades him for long.
    Black bears are protected here and cannot be shot except in extreme circumstances. This fellow has yet to earn his first ear-tag as a problem bear, but I don't want my hen to be his first strike. The local jays and ravens have always been a great warning system when hawks, eagles, coyotes, or raccoons have been in the area, but this big guy they are silent around. He's walked within ten feet of me without me hearing a thing until I looked up and there he was.
    Does anyone have any suggestions to discourage him from enjoying my yard. I'm on the California side of North Lake Tahoe.
  2. gawildlife

    gawildlife Chirping

    Nov 3, 2014
    Hampton, GA
    Electric fencing, the stouter the better, running the hottest spark you can. You need to train him to it by baiting the wire with a yummy like bacon hung from the wire so that he gets his most sensitive spot, his nose, zapped hard.
    I can't stress enough the training as you have to understand how animals react to painful stimuli, humans as well. Smack a critter in the nose or in front of the eyes they back up, hit them on top of the head around the ears or to the shoulders they stand and fight (which is why you want it stout and multiple strands) and hit them on the back or rump and they lunge forward.
    A black bear is well insulated with fur and fairly flexible so if it slides past the wire just to get swatted on the rump you'll have a bear inside the wire unwilling to go back through.
    Cattle panels are ideal fencing for bruins. Also, once erected the fence needs to always be energized as bears have shown the ability to detect whether a fence is energized.
  3. ChatLunatique

    ChatLunatique Hatching

    Dec 5, 2014
    Thanks! I'll look into those cattle panels. I had a plink wire that did a good job of keeping the coyotes out, but that big booger snapped it like it was cotton thread. I'll see what I can find with a beefier charge down in Reno..., should be able to find something there.
  4. minnehaha

    minnehaha Songster

    Mar 13, 2014
    Spokane, WA
    This is hilarious....I can't stop giggling, this is a FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY picture! It could be a a postcard!

    I think Mr. Bear would like a martini or maybe a Mocha Caramelatte delivered to his private cooling pool!

    Sorry I have nothing constructive to say....[​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2014
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Try They have great electric fencing supplies and lots of information too. I get fenceposts locally and the rest from Premier. Good luck! Mary

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