Bear in the compost

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Author: Anonymous
Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - 7:41 am
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A black bear has found my humanure compost bin. I would have thought all the urine and feces would be offputting but guess I was wrong. I rarely add meat or fish scraps to the pile but do have a lot of veg scraps and fruit. No more meat/fish/milk/fruit composting. How about veg scraps? Does anyone have experience with this?

Author: admin
Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 11:35 am
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Have you tried laying a piece of heavy guage wire mesh over the top of the compost?

Author: Anonymous
Tuesday, September 06, 2005 - 4:06 pm
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No I haven't. If it is just laying on top, why wouldn't the bear simply push it off? Has this worked for others?
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Friday, September 09, 2005 - 6:14 pm
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The top of the compost pile should be below the sides of the compost bin most of the time, so it's not easy to just push off a wire fence section. The bear would have to lift it off. Use a heavy wire and make sure your pile is enclosed on at least three sides, preferably four.

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