This is Bear Territory
Bears are intelligent creatures who learn quickly, and what we've taught them is that cars—and sometimes cabins—are excellent food-delivery systems. Bear-proof garbage containers (bear boxes) have gone a long way to preventing break-ins and dangerous interactions, but problems still arise from humans being silly. The trick is not to leave anything that they can smell—even non-food items like sunscreen—in your car, or outside of the cabin at night.
Bears hibernate during winter, so while they're awake from May to December, always remove everything with an odor from your car: ALL trash, back packs, coolers (even empty ones), gum, candy, and items such as lotion, toothpaste, sunscreen, and chapstick. We know of a car that got "bear'd" because of a lollypop stick with the candy all licked off crammed in an ashtray.
Take full trash bags to the protected bear-boxes outside of the garage, on the shoulder of the highway. DO NOT leave full trash bags on the ground by the garage or the house.
Please keep the grounds around the house, especially the beach and the deck, free of trash, food, and sunscreen bottles overnight, when the bears are most likely to come snooping.
For more information, visit the Bear League's website. Their mission is to protect bears and humans alike. If you spot a bear and want to report it, or have a bear emergency, please call the Bear League's 24-hour hotline: (530) 525-7297
DO NOT LEAVE FOOD OUT FOR THE BEARS
OR FEED THEM AT ANY TIME.