Letter — Spring Creek policy clearly spelled out
We are writing to you in our capacities as president and vice president of the Spring Creek Tract Association. Our association was saddened to hear about the trapping and destruction of the bears in our tract. Our purpose in writing to you is to inform you not only of our distress, but of our ongoing education efforts directed at improving our cabins’ security and encouraging behaviors of our association members which discourage the bears’ dependence on human related food sources.
Spring creek pioneered the use of bear proof dumpsters in 1992. Prior to that time we used individual garbage cans. With the dramatic increase in bear sightings in the late 1990s, we began an intense and persistent educational campaign directed at preventing harm to the bears and damage to our cabins. Because of our commitment our tract association donated $200 to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department to be used in the bear aversion program. At every tract association meeting (summer and fall) and in each mailer to the cabin owners, we have preached the gospel of food and garbage management and bear aversion. We have included with this letter a copy of this October’s missive on the subject as a sample.
It is the Spring Creek Tract members’ goal, in partnership with the Forest Service, to be good stewards of the land and the wildlife in our area. We are committed to improving cabin security (thus removing the need for trapping) and our responses to the bears’ presence (i.e. sending them politely but firmly on their way).
If anything good can come out of such an unfortunate incident, it is a heightened awareness that there are things we all can do to prevent it in the future.
Joan Mulvaney, president, SCTA
Richard Hack, DVM vice president, SCTA
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