Monday, November 21, 2011

No Rug, Just the Bear Skin

So now officially it's us against the bear.  I think a few posts back, I mentioned that we were starting to have a bear problem.  Probably just one bear breaking into my bird feeders, then breaking into the barn to get the chicken feed and breaking my storage containers.  Then last night it actually broke into the barn, tore down some wire fencing we'd put up and broke into the coop with the chickens and guinea fowl tearing down the suspended feeder and eating all the food.  Why it didn't eat or kill the poultry, we don't know.  But, luckily it didn't.

Today I called the local game warden who told us to adjust to having a bear around or find ways to "take care of the problem."  My mom had thought perhaps they would live trap the bear and "relocate" it to a more rural habitat;  however, it seems that's a last resort by Fish and Game.  Now, when I mentioned our bear problem with some of my coworkers, I had several offers to help "take care of the problem."  Hmm...
Hubby's sitting up at the house with a 12 gauge, and my co-workers are finding out when game permits are going to be sold.

Is this what I have to look forward to with country living?  Don't get me wrong, I love our semi-rural property, but I don't like the idea of having to "take care of" animal problems.  Especially a large furry problem.  We'll have to see how the drama unfolds...


That corgi :) said...

Oh Veronica, I'm with you. This is one problem I think it would nice to have the "local" support help you with, like fish and game. I remember hubby telling me a story of a grizzly bear I think it was, that was in someone's yard as the kids were outside playing. The dad shot/killed the bear and he was going to be penalized and fined for killing a protected species (like a child isn't a protected species?)

We need to respect nature, don't get me wrong. But sometimes in protecting nature, do we actually do ourselves more harm?

I don't know what the answer is, but BE SAFE!! I know you will be, but BE SAFE!!


Anonymous said...

Try electric fencing.