In most areas bear activity is slowing down. In other neighborhoods, previously quiet, the bears are entering homes. Often, just before going into the den for winter, bears will move to another part of their home range and will furiously forage until they go to sleep. This happens especially with young bears and dominant males. The BEAR League strongly encourages all residents to keep doors and windows locked on homes and garages and to bring in birdfeeders. If there is an apple tree in the yard, the smell will attract bears from miles away, so it’s best to pick all the apples and remove any fallen fruit.
After a very peaceful summer with just a few bear sightings, the Highlands area of Tahoe City is being targeted by two young bears who are entering homes and raiding kitchens. One entry was through an old garage door (which was not locked) and then into the kitchen by turning the unlocked doorknob. The family heard them and yelled ferociously until the bears ran off. They only grabbed one apple and met with defensive homeowners so they will hopefully not return.
A bear went into an unlocked barn in the Glenshire area of Truckee and raided a freezer that was stored inside. The resident reported that the door is secure when locked but she forgot to check it.
A longtime cabin owner from Meek’s Bay called to report a bear resting under the deck. In the past she had noticed a day bed under the large deck but had never found a bear there. This homeowner told the BEAR League she is honored to have the bear share her part of the forest and does not want him chased away. She has no children and no neighbors close by.
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Tahoe Swiss Village is still experiencing a rash of break-ins. A mother and two cubs are responsible, raiding empty homes in the night. The barking dog alarm is working very well to discourage this family from entering.
It appears things have quieted down tremendously in Alpine Meadows after residents there were hit with numerous bear break-ins. Several of the older homes installed barking dog alarms and the homeowner associations with help from the BEAR League have been working to give residents the tools and information they need to keep their homes safe.
Activity in Timberland is ongoing with bears entering homes about once or twice a week. The homes are always vacant and most have lots of food or teas and spices, which attract bears through single pane windows and older doors and walls. It is a very good idea to remove all food from older homes that are left unattended for weeks at a time so the bears aren’t lured by the food scent and tempted to go inside.
Call the BEAR League for help in ‘Bear-Proofing’ your home or for advice on how to live responsibly in Bear Territory. We can be reached at 525-7297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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