So I had a situation with a bear in my yard yesterday that left me with some questions. I have a small shop and during the summer I store my trash can in the shop. Yesterday I needed to use my table saw, as I said it's a small shop, to get make room to roll my saw out for use I needed to move the trash can to the car port. Mayby 8 ft from the door of my shop. I rolled the can out and got the saw in place, as I was adjusting the angle of my saw blade I heard a noise. I looked up and there was a bear trying to get into my can 8ft away from me. The only thing I had available was two short pieces of 2x4 so I yelled and banged the wood together. The bear looked at me and walked about 15 ft away and stopped. I yelled some more and he started to walk back towards the can. At that point a lady jogged past my driveway with two dogs and the bear ran around the other side of my house.
I went into the house to see if he was just in the back yard and didn't see any sign of him so I shrugged and went back out to the shop to work. I got outside and the bear had run around the house and was back by the trash can. I yelled at him again and he went about 20 yrds and sat down like a dog on the front porch of my back shed and wouldn't move.
At this point I was trying to decide what to do. My first reaction was to grab a gun, but laziness took hold of me and I realized I had a lot to do yesterday and didn't want to deal with a dead bear. So I grabbed the bear spray and went back out. He was still sitting on the porch like dog. I readied the bear spray and started to walk towards him. He circled around the shed and stopped in my side yard so I walked towards him again. After playing cat and mouse for a few minutes I was able to force him away from my property. I feel that because of his persistent nature (he was never aggressive just persistent and unafraid) I would have been justified in shooting him. But the trash can thing makes me wonder what LE would have interpretted it as. The can wasn't secured in a bear proof place (my shop) but it was closely attended (me running power tools less than 10 ft away). What do you guys think?
As as side note, SSS is not an option.