No… it’s a cage. Big cage. We really like the bears here and try hard to respect their place in the forest.
Generally bears are just as happy not to be seen by us and it works well for all concerned. There are other bears in the area we are aware of, but they are fine and not causing problems.
However bear are hungry when they come out of hibernation and some will go for easy food when available. Unfortunately, as careful as some of us are (we have very strict rules and a set up here) not to provide that food and mess up the natural balance, there always seems to be someone around who considers it beyond them to secure their trash sigh
Once a bear discovers easy food, it’s can be hard to convince them not to come back.
This particular bear seems to have NO fear of people, cars, honking horns… This is not normal behaviour for a black bear.
The game warden chased him a LONG ways shooting off loud noise makers to discourage his return. Obviously it didn’t work.
I’m not certain, but I think the next step is to cage him, sedate him, and move him FAR away. If that doesn’t work, then I think they sadly do have to kill him. Hopefully it won’t come to that.
Very sad indeed since it’s really not his fault that people were not careful with their trash!