The Wildlife Committee will continue to monitor and report on the kinds of animals that residents are seeing during a four week period beginning end of September. If you see any animal anywhere in the Village, would you please send an e-mail to JIKPS@aol.com with â€śWildlifeâ€ť in the subject line and a brief description of what animal youâ€™ve spotted and where this animal had been seen. We will keep all resident information confidential and will report the animals and numbers of animals each week.
Week 1 Report
-4 reports of black bear sightings on the north side of the village near Equinox.
-2 reports of black bear sightings on the south side near Castle Pines Dr. S.
-3 reports of turkey flocks (10-13 birds) on the north side near Country Club Parkway.
-1 report of raccoons on the north side near Equinox.
-1 report of a large buck deer with full set of antlers near gate 3.
-2 reports of coyote on north side near Country Club Parkway and on Country Club golf course.
-1 report of bats near Equinox
-1 report of a bobcat near Equinox
-several reports of troublesome squirrels on the north side.
Week 2 Report - Click HERE
Week 3 Report - Click HERE
School Bus Stops in the Village
With school back in session please remember to be courteous to your neighbors that have necessarily become hosts to a bus stop. Please do not park your vehicle on this residentâ€™s property, be mindful of excessive noise early in the morning and remind your children to please not litter in these areas. Thank you for your cooperation in being a good neighbor.
Be â€śBear Awareâ€ť
Castle Pines Village is surrounded by bear habitat and we have had reports of several bear sightings. Our resident Black Bears are shy and usually avoid human contact. To help keep bears out of your garbage, please place trash out as close to pick up time as possible. Clean or burn off grease from barbecue grills, and store grill and brushes inside. Hang bird feeders well away from the house, and bring them in at night. If you encounter a bearâ€”stay calm! Bears will detect you first and most likely leave the area. If you see a bear that hasnâ€™t seen you, make noise, leave the area, and let the bear discover your presence. Stop, back away slowly when facing the bear. Avoid eye contact. Give the bear plenty of escape room. Slowly leave the area and step off the trail on the downhill side if possible. Remember, a bear wants to avoid you as much as you want to avoid it. Learn moreâ€”view an article on bears, click HERE.
Telephone Entry System
A Telephone Entry System has been installed at Gate 3 to provide guests with another means of access. This system will provide communication for your guest from the gate to your home by phone. Your name and telephone number will be programmed into the telephone entry system under a specific DIRECTORY CODE. This directory code will be 4 digits long. When a guest comes to visit you, they will look your name up in a directory. Your DIRECTORY CODE will be shown to the right of your name. Your guest will enter this code on the system keypad that will cause the system to place a call to your designated phone number. This system is equipped with a CALL button. When your name is displayed in the directory, the guest can press the CALL button to establish communication with your home. Once you have answered the phone call and you have identified your guest, you have the choice to either grant access or deny access to your guest.
If you have any questions regarding the use or operation of this system, or to request a participation form please call Emergency Services at 303-688-6447.
Mailbox Number Replacements
Are you missing numbers on your mailbox, or are they falling off? The numbers on your mailbox are required to be 3â€ť high, black reflective vinyl numerals in the Times New Roman font. If you need replacements we have them available for sale at the CPHA officeâ€”$1.50 each. Please come to the front desk M-F, 8 am to 5 pm. Cash or Check only.
Protect Our Forest From the IPS and Mountain Pine Beetles
Itâ€™s extremely important to have eight inch in diameter or greater trees on your property sprayed for IPS Pine and Mountain Pine Beetles by a licensed tree service company, preferably in mid April to June. Spraying does not kill the beetle but protects trees from being attacked by both types of beetle. The Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) is the more aggressive beetle and has a one year life cycle. It attacks the tree by boring into the bark during July â€“ September; eggs are laid; larvae are hatched, and it spends the winter under the bark. Adult beetles emerge in July â€“ September to attack nearby trees.
You should exam your trees for: discoloration: e.g. yellowish to reddish, throughout the tree crown, and for pitch tubes: a popcorn shape of resin usually brown or pinkish, and sawdust material around the trunk of the tree. If you find any of these call your tree service company or CPHA Landscape Technician Dave Cooper at 303-814-1345. Dave will inspect the tree and if it appears the tree is infested, he will have a professional tree arborist inspect the tree.
The arborist will peel a small portion of the bark off to see if there is a blue/grey stain. If there is, then he will place a red ribbon around the trunk and the tree must be taken down before July and removed from the Village by the homeowner. Also, to sustain and/or improve the health of your trees, it is important to water them during dry periods of the winter. Remove broken limbs, snow damaged trees, and volunteer growth around the base of your â€śmainâ€ť tree too. A healthy tree can resist beetle attack. Once the MPB infests the tree, nothing can be done to save it. Trees are one of our most valuable assets. We must protect them. Click HERE for a list of professional tree spraying companies.
What To Do with Landscape & Construction Waste
Landscape materials that are put out as trash for Waste Management may only be placed on the curb on the day of pickup and no earlier than 5am. You may place these items next to your house until pickup day, but you may receive a notice of violation and fine if you put them out on the curb before then. Please note that WM will pick up a maximum of 10 bags per home at one time. Please contact WM at 303.797.1600 if you need to request a special pickup. Visit the CPV website for more information about WMâ€™s trash service in the Village. Thank you for helping us to keep our community beautiful!
Notice from the Wildlife Committee: Rodents
Wildlife officials have confirmed an increase in rodent populations. We have wood rats (packrats), Norway rats, voles and mice in the Village. Damage prevention and control methods include: exclusion by sealing openings, removing vines from fences and buildings, cutting back shrubs and eliminating weeds, snap traps, live traps and glue boards. Ultrasonic devices have not been proven effective.
Lost & Found
Did you lose something at one of the Village facilities such as the Fitness Center, the Tennis Courts, the Summit Club or the Canyon Club? ES has accumulated quite a few items. Stop by the Emergency Services window in the CPHA building to provide a description of your item.
Dogs Off Leash
The Village Rules and Regulations concerning pets are to help ensure that your pets are good citizens of the Village. When not on your property your dog must be on leash at all times, and this includes all open space areas. Animal waste that is left behind can pose health hazards to people and other pets so please remember to clean up after your pet. â€śMutt Mittâ€ť stations are located around the Village for your convenience. Please feel free to take as many of these handy bags as you need for future walks. Note that these bags are to go with the user and not be left behind at the dispenser station. Emergency Services Officers will periodically monitor the open space areas to ensure that dogs are on-leash.
With the exception of feeding birds (seeds, suet, and hummingbird nectar), feeding or baiting wildlife on Castle Pines Village properties is prohibited. Regardless of how benevolent a personâ€™s intentions, feeding hurts wildlife. Feeding creates an unnatural behavior that disrupts the natural balance. It also attracts prey species and predators to your home where they can create a safety risk to your family and pets. In the end, it is the animals that usually suffer. For expanded discussions on the hazards that feeding wildlife can create, please review the sections on black bears and mountain lions. Article: Living with nature in Castle Pines Village
Approved Utility Box Paint
If your utility pedestals/boxes are in need of painting, please download the color formula HERE that you can use at any paint store. Do not paint mailboxes or posts: they are to stay natural and weathered. Questions? Call Bill Holwell, our DRC landscape technician at 303-814-1345.
Free Mosquito Control Tablets
Standing water and water features are prime breeding territory for mosquitoes.Â Â The Homes Association is offering to all residents two free larvicidal mosquito tablets that can be placed in your water feature, or anywhere you have standing water, to prevent mosquitoes from breeding near your home. Each tablet is bio-degradable, natural, environmentally safe, covers up to a 100 sq. ft. area and will work for up to 30 days. Directions for use are included. Quantities are limited so come by the CPHA office soon!