It’s Bear Season in Kings Canyon, where I live. I know because of the impressive amounts of bear poop I’m seeing on the walking trails in my neighborhood.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife has issued bear guidance for Nevadans who share living space with hungry bears who are looking for food in preparation for their winter hibernation. NDOW reminds us that “bears are very destructive when it comes to fruit trees” and advises homeowners to “pick all of the fruit from the tree and make sure to clean up fruit that has fallen to the ground.” Good advice.
“Putting up electric fending in a wide circle around your fruit trees can also help keep bears from tearing branches down and climbing tree trunks,” NDOW adds. “This is bear country and fruit trees attract bears.”
“If you witness a violation of our county’s garbage ordinance, you can take action,” according to Carson City Code Enforcement (email@example.com). Reporting parties must take a picture of the compromised trash can — knocked over, bear currently feeding from it, etc. — with the residence in view, ideally with the address visible.”
Well, that’s kind of a tall order for us photographically-challenged residents. What I’d prefer to do is to photograph garbage cans out on the curb the night before scheduled trash pickups. This is what several of my neighbors do (they know who they are) and sure enough, their trash cans are overturned and their garbage litters the street in the morning, thanks to our Kings Canyon bears.
Simple solution: Put your trash cans out the morning of the weekly trash pickup, not the night before. Please! “If you choose not to take action, you’ll have bears attracted to your property,” and to your garbage cans, NDOW warns.
Helpfully, one of the NDOW handouts tells