They say “a fed bear is a dead bear,” because the animals┬ábecome a nuisance when they associate humans with food.

If you have to put your garbage out for trash pickup, here’s how to keep bears away:

  • Drill a hole in the top of your big plastic garbage can.
  • Soak a sponge in ammonia.
  • Run a plastic zip tie through the hole and secure the sponge.

Bears can’t stand the smell of ammonia, and they’ll stay away.