There are a lot of posts in a couple pages with some problems identified. As a self proclaimed expert in many areas, I can offer solutions. Sorry about the losses to the weasel Minnie. What you really need is a cat that will patrol your property at night and dispatch with that little _______. As few as a half dozen good guineas can do the job to ticks on 6 1/2 acres. I am afraid that my experience would indicate that one must deal with their own bear issues and bears. I have been waiting for 4 years for a call back from the Mn DNR after making multiple calls to them.