The mountains are great . This is part 2 in a series of mountain living tips. This part applies to Gated communities like Big Canoe or Bent Tree as well as areas not in these types of communities.
Bears are beautiful things to see. But you really do not want them on your front porch. There is nothing to get you going in the morning like looking out a window and seeing a pair of fuzzy eyes looking back at you . Trust me. It is better than an espresso to get the juices going. The black bears in the mountains are usually not aggressive. But they are bears so......
1 Never, never, never, get between a mama and her cubs. If you have dogs make sure they will obey you when they are left off a leash. One of my favorite bear stories here in Big Canoe is about a lady who had two little dogs who saw a cub and chased it. The cub ran to mama. This brought the dogs to a complete stop . And I am sure they said the dog equivalent of "oh S%$#$#T" ! as the mama bear chased them. Of course they ran back to their human mama. She saw them coming with a bear behind( there is a joke in there some where). The human mama said OH S&%^%$T! and neighbors came out in time to make the mama bear realize that she had made her point and she stopped.
2 Never leave food out. You can have Racoons as well as larger animals on your porch. We tell folks here not to leave out bird feeders between April and Oct. Baffles work for squirrels but nothing bigger.
3 If you cook outside in a green egg or barbecue one of our tricks is to use moth balls around them The critters do not like the smell and it usually stops them.
The Mountains are great and you will really enjoy seeing the Natural life. I just thing ther is space for them that is theirs and space that is ours. Let the folks at All Mountain Realty show you why we love living in the North Georgia Mountains