Bears in the coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Brechin, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Brechin

    Brechin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2012
    East Bay, CA
    How does one keep large grizzly bears out of the coop? What manner of fortress have some of you had to build to keep our larger than life predators? This was a common problem for me back in Alaska, but in California I am just paranoid about hawks.
  2. chickortreat

    chickortreat Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    By shooting them and putting them in the freezer, perhaps?
  3. Done

    Done New Egg

    Apr 27, 2012
    NW Montana
    I found grizzly tracks in the mud around my coop just a couple of weeks ago. Bears are wide-ranging right now trying to build up more fat prior to going into their dens for the winter. The bear got into the wild bird feeder and garbage cans but left the coop alone. After spotting the tracks, I've been removing the chicken feeder from inside the run over night so as not to tempt them. So far, so good.

    The coop and run are built pretty stout but I'm sure a bear could tear it apart if it desired. They've been known to break into closed and locked cars and trucks.

    The county just built a new dumpster site nearby. They installed six-foot high, electrified cyclone fence topped with two feet of barbed wire to keep the bears out. I'm not willing to go that far, and will certainly not be shooting any bears. I've been told I live in the "Pleistocene" where everything eats everything. Along with the grizzly bears, we have Black bear, mountain lion, wolves, coyotes, eagles, hawks, and other assorted carnivorous beasties.
  4. Island Roo

    Island Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2012
    Duncan, BC
    Electric fence.

    Anything else you build cannot stop a determined grizzly. Even if you wanted to shoot them, you can't be out there 24 / 7 with your gun.

    Design it for a bear and it will keep out most other 4 legged predators.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012
  5. chickortreat

    chickortreat Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    Oh my! I'd have to work extra hours to pay my taxidermy bill!
  6. kbgh

    kbgh Chillin' With My Peeps

    We don't have grizzly but do have some HUGE Black Bears. One attacked a friend of my wife and dam near killed her.


    Definitely ELECTRIC FENCE. Relatively inexpensive and VERY EFFECTIVE. We have one running around our pens at bear nose level.

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