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Nevada Game Wardens To Cutback On Nuisance Responses

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chris Healy with the Nevada Department of Wildlife says they'll still send wardens out when public safety is at risk.

"If the bear is breaking into your house or breaking into your garage then we are going to be responding because that's a health and human safety situation. If there's a mountain lion that is near a schoolyard we will respond to that."

But Healy says they won't respond to calls about bears, raccoons or other wildlife raiding your garbage can because they can't afford it.

The Nevada state Legislature has cut the Department of Wildlife's funding from about $1.7 million in 2006 to $720,000 this year.

Healy says people with nuisance calls will instead be referred to a website with information about how to avoid human-animal conflicts.

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