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Do not allow a bear to feel comfortable in your neighborhood

Courtesy imageA garbage Dumpster behind a Tahoe City eatery could be the last meal a bear ever eats.
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The fate of a mother bear and two young cubs could be in danger of the death penalty for what may have started as a lack of human care. These bears are just really becoming a problem and something really needs to be done with them, stated a second homeowner in the Timberland area. The last few letters in the Sierra Sun regarding the bear killed at Squaw Valley talked about education. It maybe more then education, it maybe about caring and taking responsibility for the homeowner who does no wrong. Next time you drive by a restaurant see if the lid on their Dumpster is secure. Its probably not. Then go in and talk to the manager and see how long his word holds that it will never be a problem again.After just getting back from Yosemite I witnessed first hand how they cut their bear reports by 43 percent. All food is stored in bear-resistant boxes in the parking lot, not near your tent cabin. You will be asked to leave the park if food is left in your tent cabin at night or unattended during the day. If food is found in your car your car is towed for $300. Yosemite is serious, and Tahoe residents as a community needs to put a stop to allowing bears access to garbage and food. After working with a second homeowner on bear prevention following a break in at his home in the Timberland area it was discovered that some of the food that we were sweeping out of his kitchen had expired on April 11, 2001. The home is used once a month and was left full of food. The thought of a mother bear and two cubs in jeopardy of losing their lives over expired food is not justified. The thought of a second homeowner leaving a house full of food in bear country is amazing. I am not suggesting taking all your food out ever time you run an errand, however, when youre gone for a month at a time youre basically inviting the bears in. Remember you, not the bear, bought a house in bear country. You can buy a lot of chocolate products to leave in your cupboards until they expire for the cost of a new $500 front door. If youre a second homeowner please consider removing all your food when youre gone. Placing items in a Tupperware container and securing them in your bear-resistant garbage container maybe a solution. (Similar to Yosemites requirement.) Tahoe residents and establishments really need to start getting bear smart. As a resident of Tahoe City it goes unanswered to me as to how, we as a community, let Dumpsters like the one photographed exist. There would be less bears killed and fewer problems if the people who are so adamant about its a bear problem asked themselves whos really responsible while staring at this Dumpster. Killing is not the ultimate answer. There will always be more bears behind those currently sneaking snacks. Please do not allow a bear to feel comfortable in your neighborhood. Contact the BEAR League with any bear questions @ 530-525-PAWS.Jim Sajdak, a Tahoe City resident, is a BEAR League board member.


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