rlown wrote:schmalz wrote:Can you explain your reasoning? I'm totally open to changing my habits but would like to know more as to why you think that. My thought is that if I place the canister in a place where the bear cannot move it then I risk less by not messing with the bear than trying to deal with it in the dark. Can they really move a cannister out of a depression with a bunch of big rocks in it? I don't see how. Is the logic that allowing bears to mess with canisters might make it easier for them to learn how to open them?
They don't belong in your food or your space. We're trying to keep them wild. That means know your surroundings and potential bear threats. and be defensive almost to the point of being offensive.
There is a caveat. Once, the Bear was a momma bear, and we didn't know her cubs were behind us. That's the only time to back off.
Otherwise, you have to teach a bear to go be wild and not look for an easy meal. Always important to keep a clean kitchen as well.
Bears are very, very smart and some have figured out how to break into canisters.
The more you let them fool with the cans, the more time they have to figure it out, or roll it away into water, off a ledge, into a canyon, etc where you can't find it.
I also shoo away begging squirrels - which gets me called a meanie, but they deserve to live WILD as they are supposed to. Our food is extremely unhealthy for wild animals.