CaptureThe bears are back big time and Gary Bell on the South Shore has found an innovative and effective way of making your area less attractive to them:

For the past several months we have contracted with Waste Management of Wenatchee for a 2 yard dumpster that is picked up twice a month. Main purpose was to prevent bears, raccoons and other animals from spreading the garbage around. It also is very convenient when part time individuals do not have regular garbage pickups so you are not hauling the garbage around in your vehicle. We have 7 cabins that participate in this one dumpster and it has proven to be very helpful. With the “coming of the bears” I thought it would be nice to let others around the lake know about this service. The 2 yard dumpster has a bar to hold the lids in place and can be locked with a combination lock (which waste management needs to know the combination). The cost for twice a month pickup is 60.00, which when you divide that among 6 to 10 residence it becomes extremely affordable for each participant. We have had weddings, receptions, office parties and large family gatherings and have always had plenty of room for garbage even with a twice a month pickup. So far it has also proven itself in keeping the bears out as can be seen in the following pictures. If they can’t get in they won’t be back. The number I have to contact WM is 509-665-6184, I am not sure as to whether this is the main office number but one can look it up on the web. The dumpster needs to be located beside the road and accessible by the garbage truck. We have had incidents where people leave garbage by the dumpster as those that haven’t agreed to participate do not have the combination to open it. This doesn’t happen very often but everyone keeps an eye on it so if it does happen the garbage is put in the dumpster so the animals cannot get to it. Misuse is inevitable but infrequent. This has worked well for us and hopefully would help on other areas to keep the bears in the woods where they belong.

Here is the link to a piece appearing in today\’s on-line edition of the Wenatchee World\’¦\’¦\’¦..