Bear Proof Wildlife Feeders

Are you having issues with black bears getting into your wildlife feeders? 

Black bears are opportunistic foragers readily attracted to food sources provided by humans. The best method for preventing bears from approaching human use areas is to remove all food sources.  If such removal is not possible, two methods of dealing with bear damage of wildlife feeders are recommended. The first method is to use food plots External Website instead of feeders.  Food plots are cheaper, always present, replicate more natural food sources, and provide better nutrition for wildlife than corn and other grains. If you still wish to directly feed corn, soy beans, rice bran or other grains, install automatic feeders instead of putting the feed directly on the ground in piles. Whatever type is used, the most critical factor in making a feeder bear-resistant is its placement.  Bears are powerful, agile, and resourceful, necessitating that any feeder be placed out of their reach.

The following are field tested, bear-resistant designs.

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FWC’s Pole Suspension Design Adobe PDF


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Suspended Cable Design Adobe PDF


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Electrified Tripod Design Adobe PDF

 

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Skid design Adobe PDF


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Tripod Suspension Design Adobe PDF


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Pole Suspension Design Adobe PDF

 

 

With your help, the FWC will be further able to protect wildlife feeders and reduce bear conflicts at wildlife feeding stations throughout Florida.



FWC Facts:
Although black bears in western states may have several color phases, all black bears in the eastern United States, including Florida black bears, are black.

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