Last night we woke to the bang that I have been expecting for a few weeks now. Months ago I set up a “bear deterrent” using a trip wire and some black powder. You can see the video and read about it in this previous post.
Last night at about 3:45 Yogi came for a snack but got something a bit more exciting, after this little surprise he left in a big hurry. I got up and looked outside just after the bang, there was no sign of him anywhere. I was also surprised to not find a pile of bear shit in the drive this morning, as if this would have happened to a human or some lesser creature it would have scared the crap out of them.
The unit performed perfectly…the can’ s lid was not even disturbed, but he noise maker fired, and loudly. This morning we proceeded with our normal routine and did not have to pick up any mess. Yogi has learned his first lesson here on Doe Trail… you don’t mess with OUR trash can. Sunday nights are the most common for Yogi visits as most people have Monday morning trash pick up.
The image above reflects the score as it stands this year. Months ago he got into our trash and the idea dawned on me as how I might prevent this in the future. The black powder / electrically ignited noise maker device was born. The test firing worked perfectly, then a few weeks later we had some late snow that caused the string to sag and cause a misfire. I repaired that and re-set the device with a little more slack. It was a few weeks after that that he ravaged our can for the second time this year. I was bummed that the unit did not fire. With a careful examination I discovered a minor problem. Despite my caulking of the wires and lid assembly water had cascaded down the power cable and got my powder wet. So in the moment of need the old pioneer adage “Keep your powder dry” hit home dearly. That morning I had a big mess to clean up and vowed to persevere.
Bear deterrent 2.0 had me invert the bottle with a loop of ignition wire below. Any rain (and we have had a lot these last few weeks) would never enter the powder packet or noise maker chamber. Lasts nights BOOM proved this nicely. I will reset a new noise maker device and repeat my upside down placement. The next boom should even the score at 2 to 2 and then I can reset and try for the season win. If this is indeed the same bear…I think he may finally wise up and look for more natural foods, or more likely, the neighbors can.