Bears in Garden

Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:06 pm

I put up this chain link fence to keep the deer out, but it is not working for bears. They will occasionally come around if there is ANYTHING edible. The peaches and apples were ready to be picked, but mama bear and baby beat me to it. This is the first time they have torn down the fence. Hope its the last time.

Anyone have a "how to" on bear repelling ?

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Re: Bears in Garden

Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:08 pm

Boy, They sure beat up the trees. Would a couple of strands of electric fence on a solar charger help?

Bob

Re: Bears in Garden

Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:11 pm

Bob, good idea. The current would need to be potent though.

Re: Bears in Garden

Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:51 pm

A lot of bee keepers here are using electric fence to keep them away .
Boss

Re: Bears in Garden

Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:22 pm

"Hey BooBoo, better get outta that fruit orchard...here comes Mr. Tiemann" :!:

Re: Bears in Garden

Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:38 pm

Mikey,

That's not a bear...it's a cat!!! :lol:

On a serious note, go with the electric fence as others have suggested.

Re: Bears in Garden

Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:09 pm

Gee, I was unhappy about the squirrels getting into my garden. Maybe they are not so bad after all.

Re: Bears in Garden

Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:03 pm

mike, i'm not sure what type of farm stores you have out your way but i would got to tsc and get the 100 mile fencer. they sell the stand offs so that you can set the wire out about 4-5" from your fence. the way that looks ,i would run one 6' off the ground and another at chest level so when they go at it it gets them quick. i only have 4 acre and the 100 miler cuts the grass under it. you can hear it snapping when there is dew or after the rain. my beekeeping mentor uses an electric fencer to keep the bears out of his hives in juniata county pa. :shock: :shock: :shock:

Re: Bears in Garden

Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:45 pm

Thanks dd. I will check out the 100 miler when i get near a tsc. None here..

Re: Bears in Garden

Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:19 pm

They were back again since I fixed the fence again. Just started to strip away the top rail on another span close to apple trees that are still untouched.

Spent a few hours removing all the fruit.

This year is a pretty poor crop anyway due to lack of our usual summer rain. Maybe next year, if we get more rain. there will be enough food for the bears in the higher elevations and they will stay up there...and I can have apples and peaches again :(

Re: Bears in Garden

Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:32 pm

Arizona Mike wrote:Bob, good idea. The current would need to be potent though.


You can add a little power to the fence by wrapping a piece of fresh bacon around the electric wire and a few drops of honey. A tongue around that wire
gives a really good ground for the electric.

Re: Bears in Garden

Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:45 pm

LOL Yes it would. Thanks. :D
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Re: Bears in Garden

Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:38 pm

You were one of the stops on our list in a couple of years after Pris retires. Now I'll have to think about it. The walls in the camper are kinda thin. lol

Re: Bears in Garden

Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:48 pm

Cecil, I have a stone guest house that will be finished by then.

Re: Bears in Garden

Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:00 pm

Can you shoot bears there?