Breckenridge, Colorado (KDVR) – Colder weather has arrived and bears are heading to hibernate for a long winter nap.
Well, most bears. Last month, a single bear was videotaped doing some last-minute stocking for the winter at a home in Colorado just before midnight on October 7.
Amy Franklin, who caught the bear with a Ring camera, said she accidentally forgot to lock the garage door. When I went to the garage the next morning, there was a big mess.
“Based on the videos, the bear was here for about an hour and a half and he took everything out of the fridge, including over $600 worth of frozen meat,” Franklin said, adding that this isn’t the first time the bears have been captured on the Ring’s camera. Her own.
Not only did the bear eat hundreds of dollars in frozen meat, but he also ate all of Franklin’s frozen hot chocolate.
How do you maintain your home?
- Keep the litter in a safe place.
- Put the trash on the morning of the pick-up only.
- Clean litter boxes regularly to keep them free of food odors; Ammonia is effective.
- Use a bear-resistant trash or litter.
- Do not leave pet food or livestock feed outside.
- Bird feeders are a major source of bear/human conflicts. Attract birds naturally with flowers and water baths. Bird feeders are not attached from April 15 to November 15.
- Do not attract other wildlife by feeding them, such as deer, turkeys, or small mammals.
- Do not allow bears to rest around your house. If you see one, shout at it, throw things at it, make noise to scare it away.
- Safe compost piles. Bears are attracted to the smell of rotting food.
- Clean the grill after each use.
- Clean up well after picnics in the yard or on the deck.
- If you have fruit trees, do not allow them to rot on the ground.
- If you keep young livestock, keep the animals in a fully covered container. Build an electric fence if possible. Do not store livestock food outside, keep enclosures clean to reduce odors, and hang rags soaked in ammonia and/or pine nuts around the enclosure.
- If you have beehives, install electric fencing where permitted.
- Talk to your neighbors and children about being mindful.
- Keep garage doors closed.