They may not be climbing in your windows, but they’re snatching your trash cans up. So you gotta hide your trash, hide your bird feeders, and hide your pet food because they’re taking everything out here.
By they, I mean, the bears. More specifically: black bears.
They’re awake, they’re hungry, and they don’t care about your personal property. All they want is a quick snatch and grab.
So, as an Oxford family found out, bears are now impersonating trash collectors. By physically removing your garbage in the most adorable way possible.
WFSB posted the footage on Facebook as a warning to those who leave their trash outside.
Some may argue the bears are getting smarter. Me, I honestly think the bears are kinda like the honey badger. They just take what they want.
So, if you don’t want your pricey trashcan to suffer an untimely demise due to excessive clawing and biting, it’s best you keep those bad boys inside until trash day.
That, or, you can test your luck and leave an impressive sight for your real trash collectors.
However, this bear sighting isn’t an isolated incident.
Another black bear was spotted in Weston on the same weekend. The video submitted to Weston Forum also documented one of these creatures roaming around a house before trekking through the forest. Also, quite possibly, hoping for a quick meal made of trash.
No idea if it’s the same bear, but considering the distance between Weston and Oxford, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say no.
So, if you spot a black bear, it is a good idea to film it… from a safe distance. It can help Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s wildlife division identify a problem bear. That is, if there’s visible yellow tags, it means the creature is an obvious troublemaker.
- Remove bird feeders from late March through November. If a bear visits a bird feeder in winter, remove the feeder.
- Wait until the morning of collection before bringing out trash. Add a few capfuls of ammonia to trash bags and garbage cans to mask food odors. Keep trash bags in a container with a tight lid and store in a garage or shed.
- Do not leave pet food outside overnight. Store livestock food in airtight containers.
- Do not put meats or sweet-smelling fruit rinds in compost piles. Lime can be sprinkled on the compost pile to reduce the smell and discourage bears.
- Thoroughly clean grills after use or store in a garage or shed.
- Never intentionally feed bears. Bears that associate food with people may become aggressive and dangerous. This may lead to personal injury, property damage, and the need to destroy problem animals.
- Encourage your neighbors to take similar precautions.
There’s also an additional fact sheet detailing the do’s and don’ts of dealing with Mother Nature’s biggest predators. Like, there’s instructions of what you should do if you stumble upon a black bear during a hike. Good-t0-know stuff.