Bear recorded messing with trash cans at Lehigh Acres home

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Credit: Maite Salazar surveillance camera video still image.

A bear was caught snooping around a home and messing with a neighbors trash.

Neighbor Maite Salazar in Lehigh Acres shared home surveillance video of a Florida black bear pushing over one of the garbage bins at her home along Bell Boulevard recently.

Other neighbors in Lehigh have previously reported experiencing the same thing at their home.

Bear-Human Conflict Tips:

  • Put household garbage out on the morning of pickup rather than the night before (this one is probably the easiest and most effective)
  • Secure commercial garbage in bear-resistant dumpsters
  • Protect gardens, beehives, compost and livestock with electric fencing
  • Encourage your homeowners association or local government to institute bylaws or ordinances to require trash be kept secure from bears
  • Feed pets indoors or bring dishes indoors after feeding
  • Clean grills and store them in a secure place
  • Remove wildlife feeders or make them bear-resistant

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