Bears in local trash cans
Photo: Video by fox4now.com
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Mystery solved! families living near the Naples Botanical Gardens wondered who was tipping over trashcans in the area.
It wasn't kids... but hungry black bears!
And it is a growing problem...
But we've got some tips on what you need to do to avoid an unwanted guest in your neighborhood.
Rosa Herrera delivers dry cleaning
She couldn't figure out who was knocking down all the trash cans along Bayshore road in Naples when she would leave for work in the morning, but when she got home, her son showed her a picture he took.
A black bear was making roaming the streets.
Rosa said "I'm a little nervous to have a bear like that around the neighborhood."
So what do you need to know about bears to stay safe in your home?
First, get rid of all the things that would make a bear want to come to your neighborhood.
Mary Rawl is the executive director at Caloosa Nature Center.
She points out that "bears can smell food a mile away! Basically dumpsters and trash cans are like refrigerators for bears. They don't have to forage out in the woods. They can go to one spot, and find everything they want."
Bear sightings in southwest Florida are getting more common.
The population is growing and the younger males are now roaming outside the protected wooded areas- looking for a new home.
Here are some simple tips to make sure your suburban oasis doesn't turn into a call of the wild
Keep your trash cans inside your garage until morning pick-up.
Don't leave your pet food out all night
And as far as bird feeders are concerned, hang them high so only the birds can get to them!
Bears will continue to forage in an area until the food source is removed. But they are smart, so if its gone, they'll move on, leaving you and your neighborhood alone!