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Composting in Bear Country

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Bear Attractants

North Shore Recycling Program Bear

The first step to composting in bear country has nothing to do with compost! Did you know that bears are more attracted to garbage, fruit trees, dirty barbeques, bird feeders and pet food than to compost bins? Controlling these other, more important attractants on your property and helping your neighbours control attractants on theirs will ensure bears are not finding a reliable source of food in your yard.

Composting in Bear Country

Maintain a healthy and efficient compost bin to prevent odours that can attract bears. The keys to a healthy compost bin are EQUAL proportions of “brown” and “green” materials and frequent aeration.

EQUAL Brown and Green

“Browns” should be added with every single addition of kitchen scraps, covering the scraps completely in layers about 10 cm thick. You will need to collect enough fallen leaves in the autumn to last the year (4-5 garbage cans’ worth), or use low quality household papers such as newspaper, paper egg cartons, paper bags, cardboard rolls and tissue paper. For more information about “brown” materials to use as sources of carbon, click here.

Frequent Aeration

In bear country, it is best to aerate your compost bin with a Wingdigger™ or strong stick after each addition of “greens” and before covering with “browns”. Aerate at least every week or you risk allowing parts of the bin to lack oxygen, resulting in a smelly compost heap, which may attract bears. For more information about how to aerate your compost, click here.

Bury Fallen Fruit

Large volumes of fruits or other particularly odorous greens should be composted in the following manner to make their odours undetectable to bears: dig a hole or trench in the garden and bury organics under at least 12” of soil.

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hether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, you're guaranteed to learn something new and how to:

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Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, you're guaranteed to learn something new and how to:

·minimize common composting problems,

·improve your finished compost and

·take less garbage to the curb.

Report a Bear Sighting

North Shore Recycling Program Bear SocietyThe North Shore Black Bear Society's goal is to reduce the conflict between people and bears and to encourage co-existence through education, support and cooperation. Help us generate accurate bear sighting statistics: report a bear sighting.

Did you know…

North Shore Recycling Proram BearBears require up to 20,000 calories per day before hibernation; once they find an easy food source they will keep returning to it. Don’t let them discover food in your yard! It’s up to you to keep your property free of bear attractants and help keep black bears wild and in the forest. For more info, visit www.NorthShoreBears.com.

Want more Bear Info?

North Shore Recycling Program Bear Aware LogoFor more information about bears, visit the Bear Aware website. Bear Aware™ is an educational program designed to prevent and reduce conflicts between people and bears in our communities.