The technique begins with attracting bears with desirable odors such as rotting shad and sardines, peanut butter and anise oil. Bears have an acute (but apparently not sophisticated) sense of smell, seven times as sensitive as a bloodhounds.* Once they arrive they would feast on out of date pastry which was replaced daily. Jelly pastry is supposed to be especially savored, although its charm was lost on me after it sat in the barn for 1-2 weeks.
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Soon we had pictures of deer that came by to sniff but being strict vegans, they passed on the treats. Then we had pictures of several visits from Wily Coyote and his friends, (a "band") apparently ignored the raccoons as their numbers never decreased.
The pastry was replaced every 1-2 days with the help of my neighbors, Larry, Doug and Willie. I have several butt pictures of them at work. Those will be the subject of a later blog if they don't pay up promptly.
After several months with no results we are winding down the effort. We are close to the Cobb Ridge Campground where campers throw their food in the fire ring before they leave, so we had stiff competition. And, I will be bring pastries to the next Master Naturalist meeting.