To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The rural Berkshires are full of black bears. I live in Canaan, N.Y., about a mile from the Mass. border, and this summer we have had a very frequent and destructive black bear visitor. In May, our bear appeared one night and destroyed our 100-year-old well-house where we had been storing garbage -- the motive. At about sundown the next evening we observed the culprit coming across our field. We had moved the garbage, but it came into our turnaround and began sniffing around the back of the house. He was so big that we didn’t dare go outside. Next morning, same story.
We called New York State Wildlife Control. "Can we shoot it because we and our pets are endangered?" No. "Will you come and take it away?" No. "Well, is there anything we humans can do to protect our lives and those of our pets?" Yes! Wait until late morning when your bear has gone back in the woods. Go to the store and buy ammonia, soak rags in it, and place the rags wherever you don’t want the bear to go!
We followed Wildlife Control’s Advice and it works, which is why I hope to share it with other Berkshire residents who may face bears who are on the prowl.
RUTHMARY K. DEUEL