And Now We Have Bears

There I was minding my own business, doing some cool stuff with my new toy when …

… let’s back the story up a bit shall we?

This winter, for financial reasons, and the fact that we’re still working on the last of the additions to our travel trailer, we decided not to put it in storage.

Part of the whole ‘winterising’ thing we need to do to keep it here is to have some sort of protection between the tires and the ground, or in our case, gravel.

Cue me and my new table saw, cutting this honking great slab of wood we’ve had lying around doing nothing to earn its keep, in two, knocking off the flange, and putting a 45° on each of the ends so the RV can roll easily on and off them.

Farewell flanges

Farewell flanges

I love my table saw

I love my table saw

As I was taking a well-earned tea-break, with feet up and heater on …

You can't tell but the rain was pelting down outside. I felt rather smug and snug

You can’t tell but the rain was pelting down outside. I felt rather smug and snug

… I happened to glance across to the far corner of the garden, where the compost bins are stored.

We have a very simple compost system – fill one bin up with layers of kitchen scraps, garden waste, and poor-ish topsoil which we get from the supplier just up the road – then fill the next bin, and so on. By the time we need the first one empty again, its contents have been fully worm-erated and ready to sit in the open-air compost pile until needed. It’s a dead-easy, no work, system that’s survived the depredations of a mama racoon and her seasonally renewed offspring-ings for … goodness me, how long have we been here now? Almost ten years!

The word had gone around the neighbourhood that a black bear had been seen cavorting among the trees elsewhere on the island.

It’s not a very big island, and the lake surrounding it is rather shallow this time of year, so it wouldn’t’ve taken Madame, or Monsieur, Bruin, too much effort to come a’visiting. What is somewhat surprising is that the land surrounding the lake is well and truly domesticated, with housing developments and farmlands, but I suppose a bear’s gonna do what a bear’s gonna do.

And come a’visiting our Ursine friend certainly did.

No puny plastic garbage bin will stop me!

No puny plastic garbage bin will stop me!

I didn’t think I’d need a sturdier composting storage system, but it seems that now I do.


51 comments on “And Now We Have Bears

  1. Ian Hutson says:

    Black bears are very polite creatures – put a small sign on top of each bin asking that the lid be closed carefully after inspection. It’s worked for me here in England, I’ve yet to have a problem with black bears in my bins.

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  2. In another month, they should be hibernating.

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  3. Poor thing must be hungry… I was hoping for a picture!

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  4. You will have to hope that the bear doesn’t avail himself of the lovely wooden slope you have installed

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  5. quiall says:

    Well that’s not very neighbourly! Bruin not you.

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  6. That’s one problem I don’t have with my three rotating compost bins ( and I hate to boast, but they are much bigger than yours, though probably not bear proof ) in my nature corner with insect and hedgehog hotel ( piles of sticks ), but I did find a rat nest when extracting compost to plant my bulbs ! Don’t tell the neighbours.

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  7. Lee McAulay says:

    Kind of puts my squirrel problem into the shade…

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  8. All bears should be at the salmon streams right now?
    I’ve always said If you want to see a bear, compost.
    Now that It knows about your compost location,It’ll be back…….just like Arnold.

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  9. Nothing clever to say, except don’t get between a bear and its breakfast. That drive to fatten up before hibernating – or maybe even before winter – is very strong and not to be messed with, even for otherwise shy bears.

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  10. We get quite a few wild animals here in Florida

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  11. What a mess! Sorry spilled your compost. We had far more bears in our area this year than our other 15 summers, and they stayed all summer not just wandered about early in the season. My brother suggested it was because the area was exceptionally dry so they were clinging to the rivers.

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  12. TanGental says:

    I feel rather inadequate moaning about parakeets pecking my sunflower heads. Oh and the fox crapping on the waste bin… we do our wildlife in miniature her in teeny weeny England. And some call us small minded!

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  13. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Yeah, if the sandman visits soon, that’ll buy you some time to figure out a new process.
    Also wouldn’t want to run into ANY bear. Eeek.
    No bears in my old neighborhood, but unfortunately, coyotes used to regularly consume the neighborhood pets for lunch. 😦

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  14. bone&silver says:

    PLEASE watch this clip: this could be your backyard 😉

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  15. acflory says:

    Ugh, what a mess. Commiserations. And a bit of worry too. Aren’t those bears rather big…and dangerous??

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  16. I know that bears can make a mess, but how fun to have one roaming around the neighborhood. And your smug and snug photo is great. Definitely gives off that feeling.

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