Bear Sightings and Education

Bears are on the Prowl for Food:  July 2018

Please Don’t Feed Them with Garbage.

Over the last couple of weeks, Castle Pines residents have observed black bears foraging in your neighborhood and local community.  This is not an uncommon event since your community is nestled in bear country.  Activity up to this point has been primarily sightings, with an occasional opportunistic visit to a birdfeeder or trash can.  Typically, bears will travel through communities and not create much of a disturbance as long as attractants are scarce.  Even still, bears will return to forage because of easy access to trash and other attractants such as the mentioned birdfeeders, unattended pet food, or greasy barbecue grills.  Once a black bear has easy access to these food items, they quickly learn to associate our communities as a source for an easy meal.  We need your help to stop this cycle.

If attractants for bears are made inaccessible, they will move on.  Thus, we encourage everyone within the community to make an effort to keep these bears “wild” and out of trouble.

Please help by observing the following:

  • Securely close and lock all ground-level windows and doors to prevent a bear from gaining easy access to your home.  Never leave your garage or shed doors open and unattended with potential food items inside;
  • Never feed wildlife in order to get a better view of them.  It is illegal to feed big game or to leave attractants available for them.  This includes bears, and people who intentionally feed or lure bears to their property can be cited;  
  • Keep garbage in a well-secured location.  Clean trashcans with ammonia and water to reduce odors that attract bears;
  • Put out garbage on the morning of pick-up.  Do not put out trash the night before;
  • If you do not have a garage, maintain trash indoors or in a secured site.  Double bag trash to help reduce odors.  Food scraps that are highly aromatic can be placed in the freezer until garbage-collection day;    
  • Use a bear proof trash can or dumpster.  If you don’t have one, ask a trash-removal company for options.  You may also call our office or visit our website for information;  
  • Remove birdfeeders from April through November;   
  • Don’t compost;
  • Do not leave pet food or dirty dishes outdoors at night.  Store all pet food and stock feed inside;
  • If you have fruit trees, don’t allow fruit to rot on the ground;
  • After cooking on a grill, leave the burners on for several minutes to burn remaining scraps and liquids completely.  Store grills in a storage area or in the garage;
  • Observe wildlife from a distance.  Never approach them and make yourself look big and use loud noises should they come within close distances;
  • Keep pets leashed when out walking on trails and visiting local parks and open spaces.  Supervise pets when outside, especially during peak wildlife activity times of dawn and dusk.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) offers this reminder: A fed bear is a dead bear.  An important point to remember is that the community of Castle Pines is located in bear habitat, and CPW expects bears to occupy these habitat areas.  A bear will not be removed just for its mere presence.  Conflicts can be avoided by residents living responsibly in bear country.

If you have questions or concerns about bears, please contact CPW in Denver at (303) 291-7227.  CPW Officers are dispatched through Colorado State Patrol (CSP), and should you require assistance after hours, the number to call is (303) 239-4501.  You can also read more about bears by visiting http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlifeWildBears.aspx. 

***Watch some new bear outreach videos that CPW is utilizing this year.
1st video:  https://youtu.be/u6vMbvJzgz8
2nd video:  https://youtu.be/L5sS25q9Lic
3rd video:  https://youtu.be/NTkoHXvxkU4

* Information provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife
 www.cpw.state.co.us

Concert Postponed “Forever in Blue Jeans”

The concert that was scheduled for today, July 22, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. has been postponed due to rain and lightning.
Watch for a new date to be announced.  

Thank you,

CPN Master Board of Directors

July 22, 2018 Concert in the Park!

2018 April Newsletter

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April 2018 newsletter

2018 January Newsletter

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January 2018 newsletter

Ask Douglas County

Dougas County skill for Amazon Alexa

A New Way to Connect with Your Local Government

Douglas County is pleased to announce the availability of a new skill for Amazon Alexa called Ask Douglas County.  This skill offers a new way to better serve and inform citizens by verbally inquiring about calendar of events and services in a conversational way. 

The skill can be enabled through a user’s Amazon Alexa app or by saying “Alexa, enable Douglas County” to their Alexa-enabled device like Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and more.  Once the skill is enabled, users can use their Alexa-enabled device to ask ‘Douglas County’ about:

              • Up-to date county news …“Alexa, ask Douglas County, what’s new?”
              • Local family-friendly events …“Alexa, ask Douglas County, what events are this month?”  
              • Road closures“Alexa, ask Douglas County, if there are any closures?”
              • Property value and taxes …“Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I pay my property tax?”
              • County services …“Alexa, ask Douglas County, how do I register to vote?”

For more information, please visit the Douglas County skill on Amazon.com. 

2018 Book Swap~4/21 and 4/22

Book Swap Success!!  Thanks for coming and participating and donating books this year!

2018 Concert in the Park Series!

Join us for the 2018 Concert in the Park Series!
Place: Coyote Ridge Park
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

June 24th – John Adams Band
July 22nd – Forever in Blue Jeans
August 5th – Soul X
August 26th – Funkiphino

2018 Upcoming Events

4th of July Party on Wednesday July 4 at noon-3 at the clubhouse

Christmas party Sunday December 16

Pool opens May 26, 9:00 AM

 

Vote for the Goats!

 

THE GOATS are coming to PineRidge again in June to continue reducing wildfire fuels in our open space. 
We have submitted an application for a $500 grant from Firewise Communities and we need your vote!!!
https://review.wizehive.com/voting/search/nfpapublic2018
Please click on the link above to access the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day page and enter PineRidge in the Search box.  That will take you to our project description and you can click the yellow VOTE box.   
Ask your family and friends to vote for us too.  Everyone can vote once every 24 hours. 
Thank you for all your support and another fun year with
THE GOATS.