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Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby LiteraryEmporium » Oct 22nd, 2012, 3:15 am

At about 12:30 tonight my dogs suddenly started barking wildly, growling and guarding the door to my room. I was very afraid that someone was breaking into my house. I got up and looked out the windows and checked the doors. Everything seemed fine so I went back to bed. Not long after I heard crashing and banging next to my house, I got up and looked out just in time to see a very large bear leaving my yard. Be cautious if you are out and about in this area, especially at night.
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby smith_creek_crew » Oct 22nd, 2012, 6:03 am

Did you report it?
Worried about my kids walking to the bus stop on saddle ridge this morning
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby Fancy » Oct 22nd, 2012, 7:03 am

Neighbours leaving garbage out? Quickest way to get a bear put down.
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby heather yeats » Oct 22nd, 2012, 8:36 am

Fancy wrote:Neighbours leaving garbage out? Quickest way to get a bear put down.



I wonder just how Bear Proof our garbage containers are? Made of plastic, no tight fitting lids and quite easy for a large bear to flip them over??

REMEMBER - Fresh compost is future soil for you...for a bear is it a ready prepared smorg! If you have a compost pile, bury the new stuff to make it less attractive by hiding its scent a little.
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby muddydogs » Oct 23rd, 2012, 9:42 am

It shouldn't matter how bear-proof the containers are. It would cost the District (ie. taxpayers) hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide completely bear-proof containers. What matters is that lazy homeowners insist on putting their garbage out 12 hours before it is scheduled to be picked up and therefore atracting bears. Put it out at 7am and there wouldn't be any issues.
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby logman » Oct 23rd, 2012, 6:19 pm

That's great Muddydogs. Your 9 to 5 job must make getting your garbage out at 7 am very easy.
If you have a job at all.
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby Fancy » Oct 23rd, 2012, 8:03 pm

There are bylaws that state when garbage gets put out (not sure in West Kelowna though). If there are bears in the area, people need to use common sense and keep garbage locked up until garbage day.
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby LoneWolf_53 » Oct 23rd, 2012, 9:13 pm

Fancy wrote:There are bylaws that state when garbage gets put out (not sure in West Kelowna though). If there are bears in the area, people need to use common sense and keep garbage locked up until garbage day.


Locked up? Though there are some who have two car garages that have them inside, most of the bins I see are parked alongside the house in most cases.
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby dodgerdodge » Oct 23rd, 2012, 10:47 pm

Fancy wrote:There are bylaws that state when garbage gets put out (not sure in West Kelowna though). If there are bears in the area, people need to use common sense and keep garbage locked up until garbage day.


Exactly. How many homes are there without a garage? In my neighbourhood i would say absolutely none. Everyone has a garage in my subdivision and pretty much all are double wide 2 vehicle ones. Anyone who says they don't have the room for a small garbage bin on wheels is lying. My neighbours bins are always outside his garage yet he has more than enough room inside, i have seen it.
My other neighbour left his out the night before collection day a week after a bear tipped garbage from his can all over the street. You would think he had learned from the previous week.

Come on people don't be lazy, move a few bits of old crap around and tidy up your garage, you'll be surprised you can fit the recycling one in there too!
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby Pookybear » Oct 24th, 2012, 8:42 am

logman wrote:That's great Muddydogs. Your 9 to 5 job must make getting your garbage out at 7 am very easy.
If you have a job at all.


So a bear should be killed as to not inconvience you? :ohmygod:
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby Fancy » Oct 24th, 2012, 8:43 am

Something else to consider - this area everyone has neighbours - ask for help if you can't get your garbage out or the dump is right there - take it yourself.
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby logman » Oct 24th, 2012, 7:13 pm

No problem here getting it out at the proper time. Just saying it may not be easy for everyone.
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Re: Large Bear in Smith Creek Area - Saddle Ridge Drive

Postby Happytobehere » Nov 2nd, 2012, 12:50 pm

Smith Creek used to be bush not too long ago. It's subdivisions that are the intruder, not wildlife. The onus is on people to adjust.
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