BEARS and BIRDFEEDERS
Both SEED and HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS are MAJOR bear attractants.
Year after year, birdfeeders lures bears directly to the windows of local homes.
If a bear enters your home, the probability of its survival greatly decreases. And you could be seriously injured. Bears CAN & DO climb onto decks. Bird "houses" without seeds are good alternatives. By local ordinances, you may only feed birds in the winter and remove bird feeders in the spring when abundant natural forage is available. Hummingbird feeders are like hitting a honey hive for a bear, if you insist on having a hummingbird feeder in the summer, then Use Bear-Proof Poles
Sturdy poles 10-12 feet high can keep bears away from feeders. The poles should be securely cemented so they cannot be tipped over, and metal poles are best to discourage climbing.
String Feeders on Wires
Bird feeders can easily be strung on thin wires between two poles or trees, using a pulley to raise and lower the feeders for cleaning and refilling. Bears cannot climb thin wires, but the feeders should still be 10-12 feet high and at least 5-6 feet away from any tree a bear could climb.
Thank you for your help. Snowmass Village Animal Services
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