Spring is here, which means bears have risen from their deep winter slumber and are out on the prowl in search for food. Be prepared and bear aware. Take precautions to protect your home from bear intrusions by following a few important tips:
- Never put trash and recycling out at the curb prior to collection day.
- If the property uses a shared dumpster for trash and recycling, or if the property is commercial, make sure to close, latch and lock the dumpster lid. Never leave dumpster lids open and unsecured.
- Periodically disinfect trash containers to remove odors.
- Always remove the key from a bear enclosure after making sure the enclosure is properly secured.
- Keep barbecue grills clean.
- Do not store pet food outside.
- Bears are very attracted to bird-feeders. Hang feeders at least 10 feet from the ground and four feet from anything an animal can climb.
- Raccoons, skunks, bears, and other animals may look for denning places under your house. To prevent this, close off crawl spaces beneath decks and screen culverts.
- Keep doors and windows locked when you are away from the property.
- Do not store any food items or discarded food containers in vehicles. Bears can climb in and will cause damage, and may come back looking for more.
The “Bear” Facts
The current Tahoe Donner Association rules regarding garbage can enclosures are listed below:
- Trash may be put out overnight only if placed in an Architectural Standards Committee (ASC) approved animal-resistant Garbage Can Enclosure (GCE).
- All new home construction requires installation of an ASC approved animal-resistant GCE.
- When an old wooden GCE is destroyed, it is required that it be replaced with an ASC-approved animal resistant GCE. A property owner may also request an exemption from the animal resistant GCE requirement, but the old wooden GCE (including all posts, concrete piers, etc.) must be removed entirely.
- Any property owner can request an exemption to the animal resistant GCE requirement as long as that property does not contribute to the trash problem. To receive an exemption, a property owner must commit to manage trash in a manner that avoids contact with animals and acknowledge that the exemption will be revoked for failure to uphold this commitment.
Contact the Architectural Standards Office for more information or questions regarding the Tahoe Donner Tahoe Donner Association rules regarding Garbage Can Enclosures.
Architectural Standards Office