It's that time of year again. The bears are out, they are hungry, and they will look for food anywhere and everywhere. Dogs can smell 100,000 times better than humans according to LiveScience.com. Bloodhounds, in particular, can smell about 300,000 times better than humans. However, a bear's sense of smell is seven times greater than a BLOODHOUND, according to the American Bear Association. That being said, it is up to us humans to 'train' our resident bears to look for their food in their natural habitat, and not in our kitchens or dumpsters.
We've already had a bear attack on the northside dumpsters, that resulted in a tremendous mess of garbage strewn about. (See pictures included) Someone did not take the time to latch the lids nor replace the bear bars, making it so easy for the bear to stop in for lunch. In addition, the dumpsters were over-filled, not only with everyday bagged household trash, but with construction material, as well. Several of our community members took the time and effort to pick it all up and put it back in the containers.
This has been an on-going problem for many years, and with new residents moving in each year, the problem will only become worse. Posting all this information on our website is somewhat fruitless, as not everyone is committed to the community's best interest, so they don't go to our site to keep informed.
That leaves, you, the committed and informed, to be ever vigilant when you go to the dumpsters, to take a minute and make sure the latches are latched and the bear bars are in place. Let a POA member know if a latch is broken or missing so that it can be rectified in a timely manner.
As a side note: Electronics (for example: TVs, computers, radios, cell phones, old DVRs) are not allowed in our landfill – thus not allowed in our dumpsters – nor are they allowed to be set outside of the containers on the ground. Please recycle. Construction material has to be taken directly to the Trinidad land fill.
Bear having Lunch
Bear Trash Mess with Toppled Container
Box Hanging Out of Dumpster
Construction Material at Dumpsters