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Wintergreen Property Owners Association has noticed Bear activity on the rise entering Spring of 2020. We have numerous reports of Nuisance behavior by bears entering cars and have determined that hand sanitizer is a main attractant. Please use caution if you leave anything in your vehicle that has a scent. Nuisance behavior is brought about by having access to non-natural food sources. This trained behavior, to visit open dumpsters, bird feeders, garbage left in non-bear proof containers and unlocked vehicles with food sources in them will lead to the removal and euthanization of our black bear population.

 

To prevent training of bears and these types of bad behavior, the Wintergreen Property Owners Association Director and staff with the support and advise of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is hereby reminding everyone that bird feeding with seed feeders, suet feeders, or nectar feeders is intentionally feeding bears. Such actions are a violation of WPOA policy as well as Virginia Law (4VAC 15-40-282) and can result in you receiving a citation by area game wardens. To protect our bears from harm and to protect your property, please adhere to the following:

1) No bird feeding of any kind from April 1st to December 1st
2) No outside garbage unless it is stored in a bear proof container

We all want to share our part of the forest with our natural neighbors. Please help keep them and your property safe by exercising these simple measures.