Firewood Available & Bear Country Reminder

As a result of the recent cleaning-out the trash cabin, firewood is available to homeowners on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The firewood has been stacked outside of the trash cabin, and is available for homeowner’s use at their individual property.  The remaining items in the trash cabin will be disposed of in the coming weeks, so if you have any use of the materials remaining in the trash cabin, please take the materials to your property.  Additional trash/recycle bins will be delivered in the coming weeks, in an effort to better contain the trash/recycle needs of the community.

REMINDER REGARDING LIVING IN BEAR COUNTRY:

Whether Bears are raiding apartments in Vail, trashing cars in Aspen or Steamboat Springs, or disrupting foot races in Boulder or Colorado Springs, Colorado bears are out in full force. Rocky’s Black Bears, from August through October, are extremely hungry and excessively eat to prepare for winter hibernation consuming up to 20,000 calories per day. They may spend up to 20 hours a day foraging for food during this period known as hyperphagia or abnormally increased appetite for consumption of food. Despite adding on weight and fat during the fall, bears suffer no heart-related illness and snoozing bears are able to gain all the sustenance they need entirely from within their own bodies.

Help Rocky’s bears to ensure they eat nature’s food and do not receive human food rewards. You can save a life of a bear by taking some easy precautions, including placing trash in the trash-cabin trash cans, storing food securely, and locking your vehicle’s door.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers some of the best ways to keep you, your belongings and the bears safe, whether you live in bear country or you’re just visiting during the summer months.

Living in bear country

  • The most important thing is to take down your bird feeder from April to Thanksgiving. Bird feeders are attractants to bears,  They are really full of calories and a great reward for a bear that is worth the effort to get to.  Be aware that certain bird foods, particularly hummingbird nectar, are very attractive to bruins. Put your bird foods and hummingbird feeders away if you don’t want to inadvertently create potentially dangerous conflicts with our state’s largest predator close to your home. For more information, contact your nearest Colorado Parks and Wildlife office.
  • Secure your trash. Do not place any trash/food on the decks.Take all trash directly to the trash cottage.
  • Don’t keep any food items like pet food or livestock feed outdoors, or in your vehicle.

Wildlife is a great benefit of living in the community, everyone just needs to respect and understand the responsibilities that go along with the wildlife, to ensure everyone’s safety.