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Bear Update - Working with DNR

Bear Update Working with DNR


While we have always had sightings of bears since the inception of Barefoot, most recently the sightings and personal encounters have increased to a point that the safety of our residents is a serious concern. For this reason, we have enlisted the services of DNR (Department of Natural Resources) to develop a plan of action that would assist with this growing concern.


Robin McCord, Lifestyle Director, has agreed to take on the initiative of being the point person with DNR. She met with them at length on Monday, January 5. Per that discussion, the following actions will be taken. NOTE: it may take up to a month or two for the plan to work, so it is IMPERATIVE that ALL residents assist with this process by adhering to DNR’s requests. These are DNR’s requests, not Ponderosa’s or the Board’s. For those that rent out their facility, it is your responsibility to make sure your renters are aware of and adhere to these requests.


At this point, the bears are not hibernating as they have done in the past due to the fluctuation in weather temperatures. With colder temperatures on the way, they may choose to hibernate within this month, in which case, it could be necessary to continue this process through Spring.


  • DNR’s approach is to remove ALL food sources. With food sources removed, the bears should move on. Removal initiatives include:

    • Residents’ Club – the dumpster in the back by the gazebo will be removed (currently it is locked), and the dumpster in the main parking lot will be locked at all times. Keep in mind that this dumpster is and should have always been for use of the Residents’ Club ONLY. All other resident trash needing disposal should be taken to the Horry County Recycling Center on Hwy. 90, across from the NMB Middle School. DO NOT LEAVE ANY TRASH BAGS BESIDE ANY LOCKED DUMPSTER. If deemed necessary, DNR has agreed to place cameras at each dumpster, and will issue fines for any violations of this request.


Multi-Family Communities – Please remember to secure the compactor door in the closed position once trash has been deposited.  It is suggested that you take your trash to the compactor during daylight hours.



Public Safety Director Jay Fernandez, would like any bear sightings reported to the police as well.  The police will dispatch an officer to the area to make sure that there is no threat to humans or animals.  Please call the North Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-280-5511 if you should see a bear.


We know that not all residents are included in our database, so they may not receive this email. We ask that you assist us by talking about these initiatives with all of your neighbors, full and part-time. If you are a neighborhood rep, please forward to your database.


For the Board of Directors




Kelly White, CMCA, AMS