Dear Homeowners and Residents,

As the summer seasons ends, the air becomes crisp, leaves change and fall from trees, and bears become more active.  They’re on the hunt for food.  During the fall months, bears eat and drink nearly nonstop.  They need to put on weight to prepare for winter and hibernation.  This process is called HYPERPHAGIA.”  (National Park Service “When Bears Prepare for Winter”).

It was reported that last week the night before trash collection around midnight there was noise outside a residence near the front of the neighborhood.  The following morning it was discovered that a bird feeder had been destroyed and trash from trash receptacles was strewn about.  This may have been a result of a bear searching for food.  Also, within the same timeframe a resident of Selma reported seeing a bear in the woods near his residence.

If possible, please put your trash out the morning of collection, not the evening before, so as not to attract a roaming bear.  Also, please be sure the lids are firmly placed on the receptacles.

Thank you for your help and cooperation.

Raspberry Falls HOA Board of Directors