Bear Update

Mike Dye, district wildlife biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, gave a feature presentation at the March 4 membership meeting of the Mosby Mountain Community Association noting that Albemarle County is prime bear habitat and as such is the “epicenter of conflict.” Among other suggestions as to how to best deal with bears in the neighborhood, he indicated that all bird feeders should be taken down no later than the 1st of April (and kept down until November).  Do not keep pet food or trash containers outdoors (and place trash cans out for pickup in the morning–not the night before), and clean bar-be-cue grills thoroughly after each use.  If you are growing tomatoes or have apple trees, be sure to pick up any fallen fruit or vegetables.