Fruit Trees, Gardens & Compost

Fruit Trees

Domestic fruit is one of the primary attractants in the region. Bears key in on domestic fruits when they are ripe, particularly in bad natural food years, which can lead to conflicts with people. Pick fruit as it becomes ripe and remove any fruit on the ground. Store all picked fruit inside a secure building, garage or shed. If properly constructed, electric fencing is very effective at keeping bears from accessing attractants.
If you are unable to pick your fruit and would like assistance there are programs available:

Vegetable & Flower Gardens

Most gardens are alright, however, bears will eat a variety of fruits and vegetables like carrots, melons, pumpkins, sweet peas and some flower bulbs. Do not use blood meal. If properly constructed, electric fencing is very effective at keeping bears from accessing attractants.

Compost Piles

If you must have a compost pile, enclose it with bear-resistant electric fencing. Don’t put meat, fish, melon rinds and other pungent scraps in the pile. Better yet, compost only leaves and grass, not kitchen scraps. Keep the pile aerated and properly turned. Add lime to promote decomposition and reduce odor. Do not use blood meal.

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