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Old 05-27-2013, 11:49 AM   #15
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Mike, that's a great story and wonderful pics. Your place sounds like a really nice area.

Thanks, Steve. We consider ourselves pretty lucky. People pay huge amounts and drive hundreds of miles to enjoy what we have daily.

We have our moments as do all homeowners. Every day there's something than needs attention....and we don't farm it....just cut the hay twice a year to keep things cleaned up. Neighbor has cattle and drives an over-the-road rig. I use my tractor, his haybine, rake, and baler, and give him the hay. Works for both.

Thanks for the kind words, Steve.
Mike in WV
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:05 PM   #16
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[QUOTE=Mike Shackelford;390502]
Ignorance and feeding wildlife by people is what creates problems. You can't blame the animal.

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LOL thats the position our Game Wardens are taking in my area as well and as far as I am concerned its a good position to take.

Most of BC is pretty well as you describe in Ontario. Camped in tents many times and take precautions and have never had a serious issue re bears.

Problem we have in our developed area is people move here and they think because they live in a city/urban area that bears should not be here as they believe them to be really dangerous. Actually had a guy write a letter to our local paper complaining last summer that he called the Game Wardens a number of times to come and deal with a bear that keeps showing up in his yard and they refused to come. The guy was outraged over how his tax dollars were not being spent! But he what he was most mad about was the bears keeping ripping apart a beehive he had built in his backyard!

Some folks just don't get it!
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:46 PM   #17
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I should add that the fracking activity is NOT ours!! They're not welcome on our farm!!
Of course you should have the prerogative to decide what activities are allowed on your own land, (just like everyone else)...right?

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Old 05-27-2013, 12:56 PM   #18
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Bears have free range to more than 90 per cent of B.C.
They can stay out of my back yard.
To comply with the rules, I would have to build a new house, because, I have no basement, I have no garage and the house is only 800 square feet. I'm not inclined to keep my BBQ and garbage inside my house. I prefer birds to bears, so I have a bird feeder.
Have had bears in the yard, but I'm not calling anybody, just warning neighbours of their presence.
Bears can learn to share.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:58 PM   #19
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Bears can learn to share.
ROFL!! well Glenn you are not alone! Those without an enclosed garage normally just build a small garden shed or buy a plastic one from Home Depot for storing the cans and put a lock on it. The District will also sell us a *very* pricey garbage bin that is suppose to be bear proof that can legally stay outside but they have proven to be not totally bear poof. The sheds are not fool proof either but for most part the bears will just ignore the smell and look for something easier to get at - like berries in their own backyard forest - which they do share with us In the worst case scenario the conservation officers will suggest you put the garbage in your freezer until pick up day. For the BQ - most people just give it a good scrap and turn it up on high for a few minutes after each use to clean it sufficiently to pass inspection.

Tell you what the next time a bear appears in your yard and decides to help itself to your bird feeder I hope you video tape your discussion with it over the need to learn to share. Bird seed to them is like candy to a child - could be a pretty entertaining discussion that will probably go as well as it does when you try and take candy away from a young child who isnt into sharing either.

Heres a video taken just up the street from me a few years back of a couple of very young bears who were still pretty scared of people, helping themselves to a bird feeder. The neighbour by the way did the right thing in scaring them off. Its not a good thing to just let them do their thing and video it as we dont want them to get to comfortable hanging around the houses. All to often a bear that has been allowed to become to comfortable around people becomes a problem bear and then more often than not a dead bear.
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Just to go on and on, tell me who is speaking for the Norway rats and garden slugs?
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While in Banff, Ab I had the opportunity to read a book about the building of the great hotels and railroads through the Canadian Rockies. Several issues were the switchbacks and the bears. It seems that during the switchbacks grain would spill along the tracks. Bears would eat the grain in such amounts that the grain would then start fermenting in their stomachs the bears became inebriated. Many a bear would then challenge the locomotive for the tracks right of way.
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Thanks, Steve. We consider ourselves pretty lucky. People pay huge amounts and drive hundreds of miles to enjoy what we have daily.
That would be me! Color me jealous. We have wildlife here in our major east coast city, but not bears. I'm hoping to catch some with the cameras when we head to ontario next month.
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