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#3238748 - 05/04/13 09:21 AM Very Bad Day in the Orchard
smstone22
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I will post alot of pics later, but I guess just wanting to vent now. I checked on my orchards yesterday and have a total of 7 apple and pear trees that are damaged pretty bad by a bear. Not any fruit on them of course, just damaged them anyway Basically it was tearing limbs down. Alot of it was to trees that are just getting into production. It also damaged two cameras, letting water get in them where it ripped my mounting system out. Im figuring about several hundred dollars in damage right now, and thats not even counting older trees being worth more money. It makes me wonder now if Im ever even going to be able to have a orchard. I hope to be able to salvage most, if not all of the trees but they will set back alot and will be very prone to disease and insect damage now so I may lose them on down the road. This is not something I do just for wildlife, I was planning on having fruit for myself and alot of family but I just wont be able if this bear doesn't leave or isn't stopped. Just makes me sick to my stomach
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#3238788 - 05/04/13 10:37 AM Re: Very Bad Day in the Orchard [Re: smstone22]
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That's a terrible feeling after so much time,work,money and anticipation.... Hope they recover for you. Can you get a nuisance permit?
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#3238793 - 05/04/13 10:47 AM Re: Very Bad Day in the Orchard [Re: Hollar Hunter]
smstone22
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 Originally Posted By: Hollar Hunter
That's a terrible feeling after so much time,work,money and anticipation.... Hope they recover for you. Can you get a nuisance permit?

Im going to try to, course that would likely take hours of hunting for it that I just dont have. Be nice if they would come trap it.
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#3238946 - 05/04/13 04:26 PM Re: Very Bad Day in the Orchard [Re: smstone22]
smstone22
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Heres a few of the damage and of the bear. Mad would be an understatement of how Im feeling about it.











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#3239026 - 05/04/13 06:47 PM Re: Very Bad Day in the Orchard [Re: smstone22]
buckaroo
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I've seen 2 bears on my place over 10 yrs. If anyone knows a way to protect apple trees I'm all ears
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#3239039 - 05/04/13 07:13 PM Re: Very Bad Day in the Orchard [Re: buckaroo]
smstone22
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Everybody Ive asked about it says there just isnt a way that is economically feasible for me to protect mine, short of killing the problem of course.Good jolt of electricity in a fence all the way around the trees and baiting it to where the bear bites it and gets hit good is all Ive found, and thats just not feasible.
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#3239074 - 05/04/13 08:00 PM Re: Very Bad Day in the Orchard [Re: smstone22]
buckaroo
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I wonder if you could use barbwire somehow?
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#3239449 - 05/05/13 12:20 PM Re: Very Bad Day in the Orchard [Re: smstone22]
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#3239453 - 05/05/13 12:25 PM Re: Very Bad Day in the Orchard [Re: Hollar Hunter]
A.Hall
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Hate to hear...choot the bear
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#3239519 - 05/05/13 01:44 PM Re: Very Bad Day in the Orchard [Re: A.Hall]
scn
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That really sux. I'd be getting a depredation permit in hopes of getting rid of the problem.
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