Crazy Way to Protect Yourself from a Bear

Coming up with innovative ways to adapt to Mother Nature’s rules is what most fishing lodge operators do on a daily basis, but this could be one of the most outrageous ideas for composting we’ve ever witnessed.

Owner of Errington’s Wilderness Island in Ontario’s Chapleau Game Preserve, Al Errington, has been working in concert with his local bear community in ways that most of us would never dare attempt. But the results have been nothing short of amazing.  Living in the world’s largest wildlife sanctuary for almost 40 years now, Al has had an opportunity to study nature and wildlife in an environment that has not been affected by hunting or trapping.

Black Bears are one of the most important animals in the Ontario ecosystem,” says Al. “They are intelligent, very adaptable animals with enormous appetites.” Their biological instinct is to consume anything and everything that they deem to be edible and that gives them great latitude when it comes to variety.

Al says, “Their primary role in nature is that of a biological waste disposal system, nothing is ever wasted.” Their range of food changes significantly throughout the course of the year and for the most part includes carrion, nuts, berries, and insects.

Al authored one of the most complete bear behavioural documents we’ve ever read on Ontarioblackbears.com. It’s well worth the read.

3 Replies to “Crazy Way to Protect Yourself from a Bear”

  1. Crazy way to protect yourself from a bear? It certainly is in this instance. Coming up with innovative ways to adapt to “Mother Nature’s rules” is what most fishing lodge operators do on a daily basis, but this could be one of the most outrageous ideas for composting we’ve ever witnessed. That being said, it is about time human’s started adapting to Mother Nature instead treating her as your enemy. (That is something people should consider, for example, with this latest Cormorant cull. More on that later)

    I don’t mean to rain on anybody’s parade but although Al Errington’s intentions are commendable and he has authored one of the most complete bear behavioural documents we’ve ever read on Ontario black bears, it may give some gullible people the idea that feeding, while treating these animals as some sort of lowly garbage disposal, a false sense of security. Even though these bears are confined to the Ontario’s Chapleau Game Preserve, they are still capable of unprovoked attacks at any time.

    Distracting these bears with food is one thing, but the hypocrisy when people know full well, “a fed bear is a dead bear” can cause confusion. Other bears entering the sanctuary now become a concern.

    In my personal opinion, using these bears as your own personal garbage dumpster to literally clean up your refuse, is just one more excuse for humans to shun their responsibilities. Let these bears clean up their environment, as is their right. We on the other hand, should be more concerned with our own biological disasters.

  2. Hi
    I agree , “that a feed bear is a dead bear” one day one of the bears will decide that it is going to get that food and not turn away. Or if there is none at it’s regular spot, the food in a nearby cabin, tent etc. and somebody could be in it’s way.
    Somebody could get hurt or a badly scared.
    The bear will then be called an “aggressive bear” because he crossed the line and did not back down and will get shot.
    Hunger is a very big motivator to an animals actions.
    The young bears will learn quickly it is good tasting and easier to get than foraging in the forest and it will be part of their routine and their future offsprings routine.
    I’m pretty sure I saw a fish in that pile of food.
    Where I live in Canada there are many, many bears, including some family units that are dispatched every year for getting to close to humans mostly because of a easy food supply.
    Bears need a lot of food everyday, it must be hard for them to find enough to survive, some do starve to death, so easy pickings of compost, garbage, fruit trees is very enticing, but mix that with human interactions and unfortunately the bears could and many times do pay the ultimate price.
    Thanks for letting me share my opinion.

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