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    • tailfeather
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      We (my technician, actually) had to trap this guy the other night…..he developed an affinity for garbage and leftovers. That’s always going to get them in trouble….Best to keep wild animals wild.

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    • Ptaylor
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      I’m curious, did you estimate its age from the tooth wear? He looks young.

    • David Petersen
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      Tailfeather– This, unfortunately, happens here several times a day–I’m talking trapping and moving or killing “garbage” bears by the hundreds each year. Worst time is Aug. and Sept. Last year was the worst ever. Our problem is more and more people moving into and building in prime bear habitat, which is the mid-elevation oak-brush zone–trophy vacation houses for the filthy rich and subdivisions for the rest of us–and the sad truth that most of these newcomers, along with too many old timers, know or care nothing about the fact that, like the DPW bumper stickers say, garbage kills bears. It’s a hell of a battle here with a good local volunteer organization trying to educate the public about keeping their trash, pet and livestock food out of reach of bears, but most are so proud in their ignorance they refuse to cooperate. We now have laws about not putting out trash until 6 ayem the morning of pickup, but like too many “laws” they have no teeth and are widely flaunted. You’d think people would tired of having to pick up their garbage that’s been scattered everywhere by bears. A natural food failure, common here from late frosts and drought, of course greatly exacerbates the problems. Once a mother bear becomes addicted, which will be the first time she tastes human food, she teaches her cubs to do the same so it goes generational. Just another human wildlife conflict and I hope it never gets this bad where you work. All my game warden friends hate their jobs due to the requirement to kill so many bears when they know it’s peoples’ fault. Most hunters like to complain that the problem is due to not being able to bait and hound. In fact, study after study have shown the logical truth that the bear you kill back up on the mountain has no impact on the suburban and townie bear pops. And every bear that is baited and escapes being killed is then a garbage bear the rest of its days. If there’s nothing for a bear to eat in a yard or neighborhood, it will go elsewhere as it has no time to waste mucking about where no calories are to be had. I went the first half of my life dreaming about seeing a bear in the wild (outside Yellowstone) and now really enjoy having them around. I wish your prisoner best luck. We’ve had garbage-addicted bears here return from more than a hundred miles away. Now they’re running out of places to release them, so most just get shot.

    • Brennan Herr
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      Last week I was out working and saw a game warden pulled off on the shoulder of the highway with a colvert trap. I stopped to check on him and to keep up agency relations. He said that he had already released the beast not far away on a nearby state game lands. I asked him to give us a call when he gets another my boys would love to see one up close. Such great animals.

    • Col Mike
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      Dave

      So right on. Bear proof garbage containers are the law here. For fun I drive up the ski sloops on Mon. were all the trophy homes are and count the number of ransacked cans because the flat landers are to lazy to put them in the cribs. Of course the people won’t be back for a few weeks and the locals have to deal with clean up and, an habituated bear.

      And around the lake it’s even more troubling.

      I have told the commissioners and DNR–the addresses are on the damn containers hammer the offenders–I get 😯 look.

      Oh well–we inherit what we allow.

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • James Harvey
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      Mike, maybe you could make up little signs you stake in their front yards saying something like ‘this homeowner’s laziness kills bears’.

      A name and shame campaign 😉

    • Col Mike
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      Jim

      Thanks for the suggestion but when your dealing with folks from never never land with never land money–and no sense of the word responsibility–it’s like wrestling with pigs–they have fun and you just get dirty.

      We do have a similar sign and photo attack that says save our land stop fracking.

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • tailfeather
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      Ptaylor, little shy of 2.5 yo.

      Dave, you mention 100 mile travels…..this bear covered 80 miles in less than a month (when he was last trapped). Not surprisingly, his Mom was also a “garbage” bear.

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