Happy Holidays but don’t feed the bears!

You may think that putting your trash in a trash can will keep wild animals out you are mistaken, black bears are strong enough to knock the trash can over, and scatter your trash all over. (Submitted photo/Lewis Perkins)

It’s that time of the year when people engage in several family get-togethers and celebrate their blessings. Along with these celebrations comes a lot of food, many of which include recipes that have been in families for generations. As we eat, the last thing on a person’s mind is the food waste. If the food is not worth saving, it is easily scraped into the trash and then taken outside: out of mind out of sight. However, they are not considering the nocturnal animals that have made trash a main part of their diet.

If an outdoor trash can has a tight lid, it would be hard for an animal such as a raccoon to climb inside, but black bears are strong enough to knock the trash can over, and scatter your trash all over, possibly over a quarter mile away. Black bears can smell food for twenty miles, so if there is any food in your trash, you can guarantee that a bear can smell it. In order to get rid of streets being filled with garbage because of black bears we must work to together as a community. First put your trash in the garage or a shed until it is trash day, and then take the trash to the curb the day of pick-up. If you leave the garbage can outside, eventually a bear will find a meal leaving you with a big mess.

Last, bears have great memories. If you are having problems with bears, wash out the inside of your trash can with ammonia. The sensitive nose of a bear will keep clear of your trash can. Working as a community and putting a little effort, we can live in harmony with these massive pests.

Lewis Perkins is special to the Immokalee Bulletin and can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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