October 12, 2006
Bear activity has dramatically increased this week and reports are coming in from several neighborhoods regarding bears breaking into empty houses and raiding kitchens. Before they go into their winter dens, the mothers with cubs-of-the-year must make sure their young ones have put on sufficient weight so they can survive two to four months without eating. These cubs will grow while they sleep and if they are too thin will awaken in a weakened condition and will have less chance of survival when their mothers send them off on their own next June. There is plenty of natural food for bears to eat and it is up to all of us to seriously secure our property and not allow them access. There are several ways to do this, most importantly, if the house is empty try to make it appear to a bear that someone is inside. A radio playing, a barking dog alarm, lights left on inside ” anything to trick a trespassing bear into believing he will be caught if he attempts to enter.
After a relatively quiet spell in Alpine Meadows, a new rash of break-ins causes considerable concern for second homeowners who have left their summer vacation homes for the winter. According to the numbers of homes entered each night, it appears more than one bear is responsible.
Squaw Valley’s unlocked-and over-flowing garbage Dumpsters, non-bear-proof trash cans on commercial property, and-the-lack of homes with personal-bear-proof garbage enclosures have lead to an increase in spilled garbage reported to the BEAR League and Placer County Environmental Health, as well as to increased sightings of bears and reports of bears coming into homes.
Talmont is another area with occurrences of bears entering homes on an almost-nightly basis. Homeowners should do everything possible to close up windows securely and deadbolt the doors. French doors should be shuttered from the outside. If the house has single-pane windows, extra precautions must be taken.
Call the BEAR League for help.
There have been numerous reports of bears foraging in garbage in commercial and residential areas of Truckee. Several elderly residents asked for assistance so they could leave their homes, because a bear is coming during the day to dine on the unsecured garbage placed outside. The BEAR League recommended that the landlord provide bear-proof garbage receptacles for these residents.
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The Highlands area just outside of Tahoe City has been very quiet since last year after two years of serious bear activity. This week a resident who placed garbage in an open trailer lured a mother bear with two cubs close to a home and rewarded them with “fast food.” It is hoped that this will not cause a start up in bear activity for this neighborhood.
In Placer County it is unlawful to allow bear access to garbage. Please report neighbors who do so to the BEAR League or environmental health.
To report anyone feeding bears or for problems with bears contact the BEAR League at 525-7297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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