Louisiana Black Bear and Garbage

The most common reported nuisance behavior of Louisiana black bears is associated with unsecured garbage.  Bears will take advantage of readily available food sources, and humans throw away a lot of garbage that bears love to get into. Once a bear finds food, it WILL come back! The following tips will help to prevent bears from becoming nuisance garbage bears:

  • NEVER OVERFILL GARBAGE CANS
  • ALWAYS BAG YOUR GARBAGE AND ATTEMPT TO DOUBLE BAG ITEMS SUCH AS DISPOSABLE DIAPERS
  • KEEP GARBAGE CAN LID CLOSED & LATCHED AT ALL TIMES
  • KEEP YOUR GARBAGE CAN CLEAN - WASH WITH BLEACH OR AMMONIA
  • PLACE METAL LIDS ON TOP OF DUMPSTERS AND CHAINS WITH CLIPS ON THE SIDE PANELS
  • STORE GARBAGE CANS IN A SECURE SHED IF POSSIBLE
  • THE USE OF “C” CLAMPS OR RATCHET STRAPS TO FASTEN THE GARBAGE CAN LID WILL HELP DETER A BEAR FROM GETTING INTO THE CAN
  • RINSE CONATINERS LIKE SOFT CAN DRINKS, CANNED GOOD FOODS, AND KETCHUP BOTTLES BEFORE THROWING AWAY OR RECYCLING
  • KEEP FOOD SCRAPS IN ONE GARBAGE BAG, SEPARATE FROM NON-FOOD GARBAGE SO IT  MAY BE PUT OUT THE DAY OF GARBAGE PICK-UP TO REDUCE SMELLY ITEMS IN THE OUTDOOR GARBAGE CAN

How to make a bear resistant can

 

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Building a bear resistant garbage caddy

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Bear proof trash can containers are available for purchase. For more information about these types of cans or how to handle a nuisance bear situation, contact LDWF at (337) 948-0255 or (337) 828-4100 ext.  371.

IF YOU CARE, DON’T YOU DARE…

Leave Food or Garbage Out for Black Bears!!!

Black Bear at Home

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Some bears have developed a taste for people’s garbage.  It’s easy to understand why human food is so appealing to a black bear. It is often higher in calories and can take much less time and energy to find compared to natural food items. In the table below, common types of human garbage are contrasted with how many acorns (a natural food item) a bear would have to eat to get the same amount of calories.

               Item Size       

Menu Item

Calories

Number of Acorns

 

 

 

 

16 ounces                           

Hummingbird nectar

385

101

6 medium

Bananas

920

242

1 loaf

Bread

1,280

337

1 pound

Hot dogs

1,456

384

1 pound

Black oil sunflower seeds

1,740

458

Combo

KFC fried chicken

1,770

467

10 inch whole

Watermelon

2,464

649

1 pound

Potato chips

2,560

674

1 pound

Chocolate chip cookies

3,200

843

1 pound

Dry feed corn

4,580

1206

28 ounces

Peanut butter

4,750

 

7 pounds

Birdseed

12,180

3206

1 gallon

Vanilla ice cream

4,960

1,305

25 pounds

 

Purina dog chow

42,425

11,165