Persistent bear

Asked September 29, 2019, 10:38 AM EDT

What can I do to discourage a bear? He has been on my porch at least 4 times in the last week. He was originally attracted to empty coolers but has never found food or garbage. Since that first time of chewing a cooler, the coolers have been removed, the porch sprayed with bleach and ammonia. But he was back last night. He was not scared by me yelling at him and shining a light through the window, he just looked at me. I don’t want him dead, I just want him to leave. My place is a cabin in the woods between Rhododendron and Government Camp. There are lots of other cabins around, mostly unoccupied. Would mouse traps on the porch help? How about rat traps, or would they injure him? I have video but no still pictures. Thanks.

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Hi, sorry to hear you're having issues with a bear repeatedly coming up on your porch, this sounds like a cause for concern. Our wildlife expert is currently away, so I'd encourage you to contact your local office of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. They can best advise you on how to stay safe and deter the bear. Find them here:

You may also wish to check their list of recommendations for co-existing with bears, including a list of things around your land and home that might attract bears. If a lingering whiff of food from an empty cooler smells tasty to a bear, there's a good chance it will also be attracted to other items on this list. Garbage, birdfeeders, fallen fruit, pet food...the list goes on.