Ponderosa Members Meeting - May 26 at 10 AM
Ponderosa Needs Your Help
We’re in dire need of Committee chairs, co-chairs, and members for the coming year. Please read the NOTICE from the Ponderosa manager!
Independence Day Parade and Ice Cream Social
Now that our Mac & Cheese event was a rousing success, it is time to plan for our next Social Event. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm. Now is the time to design your decorations for bikes, ATVs, cars, trucks, trailers, dogs and walkers. As usual we will have great prizes for decorations. Parade participants will line up in the club house parking lot at 12:45 pm and parade will begin at 1pm. After the parade, an ice cream social will be held on the clubhouse grounds.
Watch for flyers with more information.
Be Bear Aware
Right now bears are starting to leave their dens and it is critical that folks around Chelan County manage attractants to prevent bear conflicts before they start. Ponderosa has been a major conflict area in recent years, and we would like to limit issues this year by being smarter this spring before the problems start.
Springtime for bears is all about calories. Bears den for 4-5 months a year, and do not eat during this time. So they typically lose 25-40% of their body weight. In springtime their goal is to pack on as many calories as they can. So they are looking for the highest calorie meal to replenish that weight loss.
This puts them in a perfect position to come into contact with humans if we are not being careful because they can smell food from a mile away. A bear’s sense of smell is 20X that of a bloodhound. Bears that come across bird feeders (1 feeder = 750 calories), pet food (42,000 calories per bag), or garbage being left outside, will quickly learn that those “attractants” are all a great source of calories. Bears are not hanging around people because they like us, they are hanging around because we reward them with food. The more this happens, the more we can expect human/bear conflicts. It is especially frustrating if new cubs are learning this behavior with mom because it only perpetuates the problem.
Bears may be found in any part of Chelan County, but many negative bear interactions occur around Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee, and Plain, so managing attractants like bird feeders and garbage is especially important in these areas, for businesses as well as residents. Ponderosa and populated areas around Plain have had an especially high number of reports and conflicts recently, and as a community we need to do a better job.
Remember, conflicts between bears and people are not bear problems, they are people problems, whether it’s intentional or unintentional. If people take down bird feeders and hummingbird feeders, secure their trash in a building until trash day, and manage any other attractants such as pet food, and outside grills, bears will not be rewarded. Especially around Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee, garbage management at vacation rentals or summer homes has recently become a big contributing factor to problem bears.
Lastly, when public education about living in bear country does not fix the problem, it is important to realize that under State law it is actually illegal to attract bears to populated areas. Last year the Department of Fish and Wildlife ultimately had to relocate five different bears in Chelan County, and set traps many more times. One bear was even entering garages and homes in Leavenworth looking for the easy meal. The vast majority of these conflicts were preventable. If education about attractants fails to help curb the issue, residents or businesses who negligently draw in bears with attractants may be issued a $150 infraction by a Fish and Wildlife Officer under RCW 77.15.790. Depending on landowner history and the severity of the violation, an individual could even be cited criminally for attracting bears. With the amount of outreach, responses, and problem bear conflicts over the past few years, there is no excuse for someone in Ponderosa to be leaving out attractants. Please help in doing your part to keep bears in the wild and not attract them to you or your neighbor’s property.
Bear sightings or conflicts may be reported to WILDCOMM at (360) 902-2936. Additional information on bears can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/bears.html
Officer Eric Boyd “Wildlife 76”
Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Law Enforcement Program
3860 Chelan Highway North
Wenatchee, WA 98801
******* Board Meeting Reports *******
Minutes of Board Meeting May 12, 2018
Agenda for Upcoming 2018 Members Meeting
Annual Members 2017 Meeting Minutes May 29, 2017
Latest Water Quality Report
******* Needler *******
Previous Copies of Needler
******* Miscellaneous Reports *******
Latest Association Manager Report
New Trails Map
We now have new greenbelt trails maps on the web site. All are welcome to hike these trails. To find out where the trails are use the trails map. Happy hiking!
Jillana has updated the New Member Packet – it has a lot of useful information. If you’d like a copy, please let us know.
Community Center Calendar
See Social Calendar
If you would like to plan a Social Activity for 2017, please contact the Board with your ideas. 509-763-0320.