Is my bird feeder safe from bears yet?

susanzone5(z5NY)November 8, 2004

So, has anyone seen any evidence of bears still wandering around or can I safely put my bird feeder out again?

We have bears around here. One got my very expensive feeder a few years ago, and left its footprints in fresh soil....the size of my hands. Bear poo was all around the fruit trees in the meadow this year.

Do you have any good bear stories? Seasonal affective disorder is beginning to set in...snowed today off and on.

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makalu_gw(z5b NY)

The last bear that I saw was wandering down the hill in my back yard around 2 weekends ago. This time, it was with 2 pretty big cubs - maybe born in the spring? - and they cleaned the old bird's nest off of my clothesline. I'd imagine that they are getting ready to hibernate soon, either that or they know it's already bow season and just time to start hiding.

I don't know how far north you are but I might wait until Thanksgiving to give the feeder a shot just to be safe.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2004 at 5:44PM
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blackcat333(z6 NY)

Luckily, not to many bears around here...yet. Maybe they are afraid of the large hoards of deer? LOL When do they start hibernating? I was wondering if the snakes are asleep yet, too. I need to clean some plants out and the snakes liked to sneak into them all summer.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2004 at 10:05AM
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susanzone5(z5NY)

Well, since it's freezing out today, we took down the hammock and put the birdfeeder up (between the same 2 trees the hammock was on). It was so cute to see all the birds come to the feeder at once. They have been waiting for it!

I keep looking for things to do in the garden...all that's left is a few bulbs which I always look at and put off planting. LOL.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2004 at 5:51PM
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cccatcrazy(Z4 NY Catskills)

Garden, green and milk snakes have been tucked away since the autumn spectacular -- can't speak for the larger species. Bears may den up and pop out on warmer days until about now. I usually wait until first lasting snow to fill my feeders. Almost tripped over a fresh pile of bear poop under an apple tree (no apples, sorry, Ms. Bruin!)on Sunday, so presume our local denizens have not yet put up for the winter.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2004 at 7:09PM
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orcuttnyc(z5-6 NY)

New Jersey just ok-ed this years bear hunt.. :( I understand the bear problems...but...we're overcrowding their habitat and enticing them with exposed garbage...I getbears in my lower Orange county place once a month or so. Has never been a problem. I just buy Home Depot cheap side feeders instead of expensive ones.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2004 at 8:29PM
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