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Bears in Forest Ridge
Posted on Jul 20th, 2017

This year, like most, a bear has been observed in Forest Ridge.  The bear appears to be young and has been observed in the waste management area, and even in the recycling dumpster.  The bear has also been observed prowling around condominium units and single family houses in the Community.  Fortunately, when approached, the bear has retreated and there have been no difficult encounters.  However, these events emphasize the need to take care to avoid future problems with bears.
 
New Hampshire is believed to have over 6000 bears in the wild, and at this time of year the young have left their mothers and are beginning to explore their localities and looking for sources of food.  We do not want them to decide that Forest Ridge is a good source of food and take up residence.  It is up to all of us to make sure the bears that share our environment do not become “nuisance bears.”  Lincoln has a model program to manage bears, but all of us must do our part to make sure it is effective.
 
Therefore, when you are in Forest Ridge, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps:
 
•       Keep your doors closed unless you are in the immediate area.  A bear may be attracted by the smell of food from your kitchen and easily break through a screen door.
•       DO NOT LEAVE FOOD OR COOKING UTENSILS OUTSIDE AND UNATTENDED.
•       PROPERLY MANAGE YOUR GARBAGE.  Never leave garbage outside of your unit.
•       DO NOT FEED ANY BEAR.
•       DO NOT APPROACH A BEAR.
•       FOLLOW THE RULES IN THE WASTE MANAGEMENT AREA.  Do not place food items or food contaminated packaging materials (e.g, pizza boxes, take-out containers and the like) in the recycling dumpsters.  Make sure recycling dumpsters are properly secured.
•       PROPERLY CONTROL YOUR PETS.  Bears and dogs don’t get along, and if there is a fight, the dog is usually the loser.
•       TAKE DOWN ANY BIRD FEEDERS.  Bird feeders should only be out from late November to March when bears are in their dens.
 
If we all follow these common sense rules, we will be able to avoid developing problems with nuisance bears.  If you rent your units, please make sure your tenants are aware of these precautions and the importance of complying with them.