Wildlife in Your Neighborhood


Tahoe Donner is nestled in a wildland-residential interface area, which means that residents can come in contact with a variety of wildlife including natural predators to the area such a coyote, mountain lion, bobcat, bears, and bird of prey.

Residents should minimize and avoid contact with all wildlife bearing in mind that these are wild animals and their actions cannot be predicted. Should they feel threatened, wildlife may present aggressive behavior including charging and attack.

Management urges all members and guests to respect our wildlife neighbors including bears, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, etc. and protect them as well as your homes and yourself by limiting interaction with them and not unknowingly or knowingly inviting them into your home, garage or decks. Follow a few key best practices to reducing conflict with the wildlife here in Tahoe Donner:

  1. Keep all garbage, food and other items like laundry detergent, lotions, etc. locked in enclosed containers.
  2. Clean out food and food wrappers from cars and secure vehicle and close windows.
  3. Secure house at all times and do not leave your garage door open with trash and/or other items available for animals.
  4. Keep barbecue grills clean.
  5. Keep bird feeders off decks and inaccessible to bears.

For more bear and wildlife awareness information you can visit, Town of Truckee’s Bear Awareness site and Tahoe Wild Bear Council’s site www.tahoewildbears.org/.

Tahoe Donner also promotes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW)  campaign of Keep Me Wild. Which advocates proper storage of food and refuse, as well recommending never to feed wild animals. This type of behavior only encourages wild animals to remain near populated areas and change their natural tendency to avoid people.

Recent Sightings

There are recent reported sightings of active coyote packs and footprints of other predators in the meadows and greenbelts of Tahoe Donner, on walking trails such as the Nature Trail near the Northwoods Clubhouse and Trout Creek, and along with areas around the golf course.

Wildlife managers from CDFW have communicated with Tahoe Donner regarding these sightings and concern, and provide the following advice:

  • Always use caution when out in the region and expect to come in contact with wildlife.
  • Keep in mind that there are predators in the area and keep pets and children within eyesight.
  • If you or your pets are approached by an aggressive or fearless coyote, try to frighten it away by shouting in a deep voice, waving your arms, throwing objects at the animal, and looking it directly in the eyes. Stand up if you are seated. If you are wearing a coat or vest, spread it open like a cape so that you appear larger. Retreat from the situation by walking slowly backward so that you do not turn your back on the coyote.
  • If coyotes are seen near your home, teach your children to identify them, recognize the potential for danger, and know what to do if they come in contact with a coyote. California Department of Fish and Wildlife Coyote Wildlife Management Notes http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PDF/PESTNOTES/pncoyote.pdf
  • If you encounter a mountain lion or bear, do not run. Stand your ground, keep eye contact and make yourself look bigger, perhaps using your jacket or backpack.  Then slowly back away.
  • Should you experience a situation where you believe your life or another’s is at risk of aggressive or immediate danger from wildlife, immediately contact 911 to gain appropriate assistance through emergency dispatch.
  • To report wildlife sightings or nuisance to California Department of Fish and Wildlife by visiting https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Living-with-Wildlife and report the sightings via their online reporting system.
  • The Town of Truckee Animal Services can also help to route animal sightings, questions and/or concerns. Visit http://www.townoftruckee.com/departments/animal-services/injured-animals-wildlife or call (530)550-2320 which is the Town of Truckee’s non-emergency dispatch line.

December 30, 2016

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GPC Member Forum for Trout Creek Reallocation Study

Member Forum: Trout Creek Recreation Center Space Reallocation Project

Note: This meeting took place on Friday, Jan. 6. You may watch the recording by clicking on the link below.


On Jan. 6, your General Plan Committee (GPC) and neighbors joined together to discuss and learn about the Trout Creek Recreation Center space reallocation project, which has been proposed to maximize the space available within the current building’s footprint and to minimize expansion cost.

You may watch the recording by clicking on the link above. In the meeting, the history and vision for this popular activity center was discussed, and the proposed architectural plans were presented along with findings about how this space reallocation project compares to the old 4,000 square foot expansion plan.

December 19, 2016

Video: Where Traditions Begin

We invite you to learn more about our unique and vibrant community. Check out this short video titled “Where Traditions Begin.” Come visit us soon!

Tahoe Donner // Where Traditions Begin from Rotor Collective Digital Cinema on Vimeo.

What is Tahoe Donner?

We’re a vibrant community with a passion for outdoor recreation and a celebration of the Tahoe lifestyle. Located 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California, Tahoe Donner is one of north America’s largest homeowner’s associations, with nearly 6,500 properties and 25,000 members enjoying over 7,300 acres in the Sierra Nevada.

Tahoe Donner operates a wide variety of year-round recreational facilities open to the public, including an 18-hole championship golf course, the Tahoe Donner’s Equestrian Center, bike rental facility, and the Tahoe Donner Campground. Tahoe Donner’s extensive trail network includes over 60 miles of trails and fire service roads for biking and hiking across 3,474 acres of wild and scenic terrain.

Home to one of America’s premier Nordic skiing facilities, Tahoe Donner’s Cross Country Ski Area provides over 50 trails and 100km of terrain for all abilities. The spectacular new Alder Creek Adventure Center offers state-of-the-art rental services, wax rooms and locker rooms, delicious food and beverage service, and expanded indoor and outdoor seating with fire pits. Known as the “Best Place to Begin,” the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area provides a relaxed, family-friendly environment with expertly groomed terrain and wide open bowls. Families also enjoy sledding and tubing at the Snowplay recreation area. Additionally, Tahoe Donner is home to three restaurants open year round; The Lodge Restaurant & Pub, Alder Creek Café, and Pizza on the Hill.

Tahoe Donner operates several member-only facilities. The Trout Creek Recreational Center includes a weight room, cardio room, fitness classes, recreation pool, adult lap pool, steam room, spas, massage program, personal training and more. Members enjoy the Tahoe Donner Tennis Center during the summer and the Beach Club Marina located on Donner Lake.

December 19, 2016

Video: General Plan Committee

The General Plan Committee, or GPC, is the team of volunteers that leads the efforts for Tahoe Donner Association’s capital projects process. They are homeowners, just like you, and they gather and consider all your ideas, form task forces to do more research, and work with staff, homeowners, the board of directors, and outside consultants to make recommendations.

Watch this video to see an overview of the whole process.

Video: General Plan Committee from Tahoe Donner Association on Vimeo.

The GPC wants to hear from you! Ideas are submitted by members, amenity users, Tahoe Donner board, staff and others for consideration by the general plan committee (GPC) on an ongoing basis. These ideas are documented on the Wish List, evaluated and prioritized quarterly. You can submit your ideas here.

Some ideas move forward while others do not, but all are considered according to common sense, objective criteria and the considerable experience of the evaluation team consisting of the GPC Chair, the general manager and the board of directors liaison to the GPC.

You can submit your ideas here or send an email with any suggestions to the GPC.

October 24, 2016

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