So much for the gate being the answer to the bear incursions on the deck.
Last night I heard some rattling of the gate around 11:30 PM and came down to see
if it had held them out. No, all four were on the deck checking out the
tray feeder (empty) and the places where the stick feeders hang (empty). I flipped on the deck lights and watched as all four (Mom and her three cubs--very large cubs) went over the gate using the corner post like a pole dancer on Friday night.
They ARE determined! After several unsuccessful forays on the deck, you'd think they'd figure out it's NOT a food source any more. But, as Terry told me, it's on their rounds and therefore must be checked.