Bryan Peterson

Electric fencing shockingly effective deterring bears

Black bears can cause property damage – including the loss of chickens, beehives, small livestock and valued fruit trees – which can be both financially and emotionally draining. Electric fencing...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

You can protect bears

With another bear season upon us, I thought it would be great to mix things up a bit and hear from others in the community about sharing where we live with black bears (Ursus americanus). Few...

DATE: April 15, 2015 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

Pass the acorns, berries and everything else. I’m hungry

Each year at Thanksgiving, I vow to not over-indulge on stuffing, gravy, green-bean casserole and pie and to not end up lying melted into the couch watching the Dallas Cowboys lose to, well,...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2014 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

Do your part to reduce possible issues with bears

With bear activity picking up, here are some tips and resources for avoiding problems with bears. Vehicles and garage doors Reports of bears breaking into vehicles, sheds and garages have risen in...

DATE: June 25, 2014 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

Contrasting views on bear problem causes

In managing wildlife populations, state wildlife agencies face various challenges. For example, ranchers with elk eating their cattle’s hay may feel there are too many elk, while elk hunters may...

DATE: April 30, 2014 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

Bear Smart We are to blame when food, trash attract bears

The book, The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek, tells the cautionary tale set in Banff, Alberta, during the late 1970s and the community’s refusal to address the trash containers that black bears fed...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2013 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

Why are some bear seasons easier?

When bumping into folks, I can pretty much guarantee hearing one of two things: some bear story about something from somewhere or their take on the current bear season – usually along the lines of,...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

Electric fencing will keep bears out of the coop

One of my favorite takeaways from a bear conference last year in Missoula, Mont., was a photo with this caption: “Don’t let your chickens kill a bear!” The picture was part of a presentation about...

DATE: June 19, 2013 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

The bears are back; here are some reminders

Ah, finally, spring – albeit a tad windy and dry, but very welcome regardless. With the warmer weather comes talk of planting gardens, building chicken coops, outdoor composting, setting out...

DATE: April 30, 2013 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

Rehabilitation gives 1 lucky cub a chance at new life

Stopping traffic, two small, plump brown mounds appeared from the darkness and crossed Rim Drive on the Fort Lewis College campus a few weeks ago, followed quickly by their equally robust mother....

DATE: Nov. 14, 2012 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

How cute is it when bears become nuisances to neighborhoods?

Two words pop into my head these days when the phone rings: fruit trees. A month ago, the phone conversations went: “There's a mama bear in the backyard ... with a cub. How adorable!” Recently,...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

What is a cub, and what’s its key for survival?

Reports of lone “cubs” running around has come up a lot recently as residents report bear sightings and incidents. It’s not something I get my underwear all in a bunch over, but I often wonder if...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2012 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

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