Kodiak Products has bear-resistant garbage cans that work with automated garbage trucks! Products like this will make it easier to prevent conflicts in the urban-wildland interface.
We work with people who live on the edge of wild country to coexist with carnivores by heading off potential conflicts with garbage and other "free lunches".
Attractant Inventories. Working with a variety of conservation partners, we've built a comprehensive checklist of un-natural food sources that may attract bears to developed areas. We work with residents, ranchers, and businesses to identify and deal with potential attractants on their properties.
Attractant Security and Conflict Prevention Efforts. We help local people acquire their own bear-resistant technologies (e.g., bear-resistant garbage cans, electric fence). We provide cost-share funding, and maintain comprehensive and current information about suppliers of proven products.
Capacity Building. We work to empower communities and keep conservation part of the local culture by ensuring people have meaningful roles in the design and implementation of conservation efforts. We work with collaborative groups to identify local concerns and resource needs, and coordinate conservation implementation.
Grizzlies face a paradox every day: they must find enough food to survive, yet some of the most tempting, abundant, and rich foods available are things that could get them killed: Garbage. Pet foods. Birdseed.
With their keen noses, powerful claws, and phenomenal intelligence, grizzlies are very capable of finding and taking the food they need. These food-finding qualities put them at the top of the food chain in the wild.
But in much of the American West, the line between the wild and civilization is unclear. From backcountry campsites to working ranches to upscale rural subdivisions, most grizzlies will, at some point, run the risk of finding a free lunch in the wrong place. Once bears learn that they can get easy meals of bacon grease, horse feed, or garbage, they begin to linger in human-dominated areas. Losing all wariness of people, they are doomed to short, troublesome lives.
While there are techniques for “re-educating” bears to stay away from developed areas and un-natural foods, experience shows that it’s better to keep bears from ever getting “food rewards” in the first place.
People and Carnivores has a proven track record of working with rural landowners, residents, and visitors to understand and head off potential conflicts with bears. In the last decade, we have distributed dozens of garbage cans to people in key bear habitats from the foot of the Madison Range to the Blackfoot Valley.