I want to comment on Liz Bevan’s article in Tuesday’s paper, (Ripe fruit draws bears into neighborhoods, Trail Times, Sept. 2). She says that the ripe fruit is drawing the bears into yards.
No so in Glenmerry. The bear that has come through the last two weeks is strictly after garbage. It has ignored the dangling pears, and apples, and has gone straight for the garbage cans. No fruit was touched.
Much as I don’t like it, this bear needs to be removed from the area. If it is female, and has young, it will pass along the foraging in garbage cans to them, and we will have an even worse problem.
WildSafe and BearAware want us to remove all temptations from our yards. Excuse me, but I live in a city for several reasons, one of which is the freedom of having a good garden without a problem with roaming and possibly dangerous wildlife.
If I lived in a home in the country rather than a city, I agree that precautions should be taken, but, as I said before, I live in a city for several reasons, and no dangerous wildlife is supposed to be one of them.