there usually is enough food, but lots of areas around here have encroached further and further into their habitat, like in the foothills around boulder and Colorado springs. after the waldo canyon fire and a few this year, I guess a lot of what they eat is gone. plus it was even drier than usual, which means no berries (and whatever else). now it's raining like crazy and basically just washing away Manitou SpringsFunny, but kind of sad too. Too bad there is not sufficient food sources for the bear. When I was a kid we my dad took us camping in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY. For fun we used to go to the town dump and watch the bears forage through the dumpsters. How my dad found that entertaining is beyond me now. I always felt sorry for the bears that they had to resort to that. We don't have to worry about bears where I am now, just an occasional coyote, possums, raccoons and foxes now and then.
Yes, but it's so much easier and more cost effective to just toss down a few 2x4's with protruding roofing nails. Are you seriously implying that a business should incur the cost and inconvenience of bear-proofing their own dumpster? The restaurant was there first! Not before bears in general, of course, but definitely before this particular bear! Do you have any idea what a minor inconvienence it is to have to move a cinderblock or unlock a dumpster every time you have to take the garbage out?I think there is a better way to stop a bear than with nails which could hurt him and start an infection. why not bear proof the dumpster? That is more humane.
if they had bear proofed their dumpsters first (like a lot of the other area restaurants) then it probably would have worked, but "they" (I don't really know who "they" are) said that once a bear has successfully raided a place, they'll come back regardless. you know that intermittent reinforcement is even stronger than 100% positive or negative. supposedly they won't step on the nails to even get close enough to the dumpster. i'm pretty sure that those big planks with nails are more trouble than a simple lock, though. it wasn't the restaurant's solution either, if I remember correctly, some aspect of law enforcement (parks and recreation? animal control?) made them do it because now it's a hazard.I think there is a better way to stop a bear than with nails which could hurt him and start an infection. why not bear proof the dumpster? That is more humane.