We have an active bear in Serene Lakes. She is very skilled at getting into cars, garages, and even houses! In order to protect the bear and your property please:
• Remove all food from cars, roll up windows and lock doors
• Be sure your house is locked and windows are latched
Note: Bears are able to climb to 2nd & 3rd story decks when motivated
• Keep all garbage in your bear box or locked inside the house until Monday morning when garbage is picked up
• Do not feed birds or any other wild animals
• Feed pets inside
• Clean your grill and empty the grease trap after each use
• Share this information with anyone using your cabin
Bears are normal and natural in our area. You do not need to be afraid of them. If you see a bear in the woods it is most likely going to be running away from you. If you encounter a bear in the neighborhood make noise to scare it off. Do not hesitate to scare a bear away from your house but always be sure to give the bear an exit route. Black bears are not naturally aggressive to humans or dogs but they will lash out if they feel cornered or trapped.
If you don’t have a bear box please get one. Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal (TTSD) is offering interest free loans for bear boxes. Find out more at Tahoe Bear Box Loan Program.
If the bear is frequenting your property you can get advice and help in discouraging it by contacting the Bear League's 24 hour hotline at 530-525-PAWS (7297)
Report property damage only (not bear sightings) to the Department of Fish and Wildlife through their WIR System.
Learn more about living with bears at bearwise.org.