Keeping Bears Out of Trash Cans

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LIJScot

Ellijay, GA

#1 Mar 11, 2013
Help! I 'bout died one night last summer when I looked out my window and saw a black bear easily removing the top of my "bear proof" trash can, preparing to enjoy a refuse feast. When I turned on my porch light, the bear ran away and did not return that evening. Since the weather will soon get warmer, does anyone know of an effective way to keep bears out of trash cans? I don't have a shed to keep the cans in. Do I need to build one? Please avoid the urge to reply with comical answers. I am worried and would appreciate the expertise of others on this. Thanks much!
libra

Ellijay, GA

#2 Mar 11, 2013
A cup of ammonia once or twice a week, poured over the lid keeps all critters out of my trash.
Driver

United States

#3 Mar 11, 2013
Or towels soaked In ammonia. This bear 'proof' can you have must be a cheap one as the ones iv seen are bear proof 100% no southern black bear can tear into a nice well built one plain and simple.
But the ammonia is a lot cheaper.
libra

Ellijay, GA

#4 Mar 11, 2013
I like your technique better, Driver.
Ga Girl 56

Roswell, GA

#5 Mar 12, 2013
Don't put it out the night before pick-up. That helps too.
LIJScot

Ellijay, GA

#6 Mar 12, 2013
Because of where we live, we have to take our trash but don't live close enough to take it daily. That's why I was wondering if building a shed to hold the cans would help. I appreciate the ammonia advice. Info online recommends it too. Thanks!
Ga Girl 56

Roswell, GA

#7 Mar 13, 2013
LIJScot wrote:
Because of where we live, we have to take our trash but don't live close enough to take it daily. That's why I was wondering if building a shed to hold the cans would help. I appreciate the ammonia advice. Info online recommends it too. Thanks!
Oh, you take your own. I use Cantrell's to pick mine up. It's only $20 a month. They're always there when they say they will be and take anything I put out. I usually don't have too much but it's still worth it to me not to try and get to the pick up site. If you have a family and have lots of bags figure up how much you spend every month on gas and your time to take it to the site. You may find it wouldn't cost much more to have them pick it up for you. I really like them. If they happen to miss you, all you have to do is call Mr. or Mrs. Cantrell and they'll come right then to get it. They really do have good service.
edjes

Vernon, NJ

#8 Apr 13, 2013
the amonia usually worked for me to ,i had to pour some on every night. if i forgot to do it just once, the garbage would be everywhere.sometimes the garbage is just gone , in the woods i guess cause ive checked around n never found it. other times i would have garbage that wasnt mine(ugh). but this year the new bears i have arnt bothered by the amonia. ive had to pick up my garbage about 8 times already n hav to go do it again now. theres to many frikin bears here. 2 weeks ago my dauhgter n her friend walked out the back door n almost right into one. there was one on the patio n one in the yard n 3 monkey lookin cubs climbin all over.my kids been late for school cause ther by the door n wont leave. i c new bears every week. i hate em. so for all of u that want to save the bears, stop by n take some n tell ur friends to. theres plenty
edjes

Vernon, NJ

#9 Apr 13, 2013
just about to try another way to deter the bears. tie a rope around garbage cans n leave about 12ft extra rope n anchor down. then simply fill cans with helium. the cans will hover high enough to keep bears away n the garbage men will love this to, cause the cans will b lighter n easier to empty.
Local Patron

Ellijay, GA

#10 Apr 13, 2013
edjes wrote:
just about to try another way to deter the bears. tie a rope around garbage cans n leave about 12ft extra rope n anchor down. then simply fill cans with helium. the cans will hover high enough to keep bears away n the garbage men will love this to, cause the cans will b lighter n easier to empty.
But why would you pay for someone to haul off a trash can full of helium? Why wouldn't you just take the top off and let the helium escape?

Surely you don't think that if you filled the can with trash that the helium could still keep it elevated do you?
edjes

Vernon, NJ

#11 Apr 13, 2013
it was odviously a joke

Since: Mar 12

Ellijay, GA

#12 Apr 14, 2013
edjes wrote:
the amonia usually worked for me to ,i had to pour some on every night. if i forgot to do it just once, the garbage would be everywhere.sometimes the garbage is just gone , in the woods i guess cause ive checked around n never found it. other times i would have garbage that wasnt mine(ugh). but this year the new bears i have arnt bothered by the amonia. ive had to pick up my garbage about 8 times already n hav to go do it again now. theres to many frikin bears here. 2 weeks ago my dauhgter n her friend walked out the back door n almost right into one. there was one on the patio n one in the yard n 3 monkey lookin cubs climbin all over.my kids been late for school cause ther by the door n wont leave. i c new bears every week. i hate em. so for all of u that want to save the bears, stop by n take some n tell ur friends to. theres plenty
Why do you say that they are new bears? Do you think the "old bears" rotate with other bears? From what I know Black Bears don't play musical territory..
Why after the first or second time of picking up your trash why would you keep on leaving it out and keep on doing the same for 9 times?
If you have Black Bears on your porch it is because they get free food at your house. Black Bears are afraid of humans. Black Bears for the most part are also nocturnal unless there is free food for them. Black Bears are also extremely smart so they will not easily forget where there free meal came from.
How are you seeing new bears every week and how do you know they are new? You must have them tagged? Do you live near a zoo? Male black bears are territorial and the females don't migrate or play musical territory. New bears every week? Really?

Why is it that people move into a new area and do not learn about their surroundings before moving? Why move into bear country without learning about them and then griping because they ate YOUR trash that you left out in their home?
It's like all the northerners who move into FL and then gripe that there is an alligator in the canal. Or the farmer that moves to the city and wants to know why no one is taking care of all the crime around their house..........

http://www.georgiawildlife.com/BlackBearFacts
tim van camp

Summerfield, FL

#14 Dec 11, 2013
A cup of ammonia in every trash bag doesn't work on my florida black bears . bleach don't work either.

anyone got a better idea ?
PA Ridge Runner

Melbourne, FL

#15 Dec 11, 2013
How about a Winchester 270 with 150G soft nose and a "hot load".
BradsPlace

Ellijay, GA

#16 Dec 11, 2013
tim van camp wrote:
A cup of ammonia in every trash bag doesn't work on my florida black bears . bleach don't work either.
anyone got a better idea ?
Move where the bears are not. They were here way before you invaded their space.
Skippy

Jasper, GA

#17 Dec 13, 2013
.270 is a good choice, I use a .308 ..... though I refuse to shoot bears, these are what I would use if I was going to.

The best deterrent I have found is to tape a picture of my ex mother-in-law to the cans.... no bears, raccoons, possums, dogs, etc. will mess with them.
PA Ridge Runner

Melbourne, FL

#18 Dec 13, 2013
Skippy wrote:
.270 is a good choice, I use a .308 ..... though I refuse to shoot bears, these are what I would use if I was going to.
The best deterrent I have found is to tape a picture of my ex mother-in-law to the cans.... no bears, raccoons, possums, dogs, etc. will mess with them.
I could always use the 30-06. PA has a limited season for bear, the Pocono area has grown to the point it can't support a large bear population. I was taught many tears ago-if you shoot it, if you catch it, you eat it!. We do our own butchering and share the meat with local families that enjoy it and appreciate the little bit of help.
pay attention

Dahlonega, GA

#19 Dec 13, 2013
use fireworks. Roman candles that make noise like 'Cracklin Candles'. It works.
Bears have come used to gun shots, they'll be back in 15 minutes.
Ga Girl 56

Roswell, GA

#20 Dec 13, 2013
Skippy wrote:
.270 is a good choice, I use a .308 ..... though I refuse to shoot bears, these are what I would use if I was going to.
The best deterrent I have found is to tape a picture of my ex mother-in-law to the cans.... no bears, raccoons, possums, dogs, etc. will mess with them.
This one is going to cost you a little more in alimony/child support, I bet cha'.
the simple truth

Athens, TN

#21 Dec 14, 2013
Keeping bears out of trash cans is about as easy as keeping Yankees out of the South.

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