We have a lot of bears at our cabin. There's fresh bear sign every day. Even a big pile of pooh under my bedroom window. Last year we had a bit of a problem w/ a black bear. It pushed over our cabin off the pilings and snooped around the camp munching on what ever it could find. I Always keep a clean camp. No garbage or food is left behind. All juices coffees and other liquids are dumped in the outhouse. The cabin is scrubbed and swept before I go. A lady told us she uses mothballs and it keep the bears away. She said she hangs them in her trees. So I last winter I half opened the cans of tuna and fruit we ate. I scrubbed them then boiled them. I nailed a few holes in the sides and one on the bottom. I found some yarn and pulled it through the bottom of the can so I can hang it. I put 5 or 6 mothballs in the can, closed the half open lid turned it upside down so the snow and rain cant get in. I then tied one can outside of each window , door and the snow machine. I also sprinkled some inside by the door and corners. It smelled like Grandmas closet for sure! I sat here this winter chewing my nails wondering if all I did was leave the bears some kibbles to chew on. Well all was fine when we got there a couple weeks ago. Bears have been there but they didn't mess with the cabin. We didn't get our hopes up yet. 3 days later along came a lil blackie. She looked to be about a year old but bold as brass. Wasnt scared of us at all. She wondered around back and forth from the outhouse to the woodpile. Ontop of the woodpile I had a plate of leftover grub I feed the jays. She kept sniffing torwards it but backed off. After about 10 minutes of her snooping I scared her off. I was wondering why she didnt get the food I left out. Then I remembered. When we got to the cabin I picked up all the mothballs and stuck them on the woodpile so the puppy wouldnt get them. OK! we was thinking they work!! 2 days later she was back and as bold ...if not bolder than before. I had peanutbutter on a log ontop of the woodpile for the birds and squirrell. She went over and sat on the 4wheeler, tore up the seat, sniffed the woodpile a bit then grabbed the peanutbutter. My hubby scared her off. We didnt want to take her because shes so young. But shes bold. She might become a problem. Im thinking she got used to the smell??? Or maybe they dont work??? Have any of you tried mothballs?? If so what was the outcome?
Yes, I stopped feeding the birds and squirrell.