Letters: Dealing with bears

Each week Sooke News Mirror readers express themselves on the Letters to the Editor pages

I moved to Saseenos in June of this year and couldn’t figure out why my garbage can outside was knocked over and the bags ripped open and dragged around my property almost every night.  It got to be such a nuisance cleaning it up all the time.  Believe me I tried many things to prevent this: bungy cording the bin to the fence, but he sqeezed his arm in and pulled out garbage; wrapped heavy duty chain to hold the lid tightly to the bin and locked it, but the darned bear knocked the bin over and squished it and clawed the bags out and continued to spread the garbage around.

Then came the idea to have someone build a “box” around the bin. It has a roof,  one side has a door with heavy duty hinges and a strong sliding lock so the bear can’t open it, and the bottom has a slope so Sooke disposal can roll the bin out.

Know what? Since I’ve had the box, no bear, no garbage mess, no bear poo!  It’s wonderful! Just thought I’d pass this on to those whom I’ve been reading about who are having the same problem I was.

Kristina Van der Wereld

Sooke