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Wildlife Officials: Beware Of Bears

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 2, 2012

In the past six-weeks alone, wildlife officials have caught four nuisance black bears in the Incline Village area on Lake Tahoe's north shore.

"It really has the chance to be a year where the black bears are going to be in the news maybe even more than they have been in Nevada."

Chris Healy is with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. He says despite recent storms, it's been a dry-winter. That means fewer grasses, less nuts and berries for the bears to eat.

"The less we have of natural foods up there that develop, the more urban-garbage-bear problems that we possibly can have."

Healy says residents need to comply with bear-proof trash ordinances and keep food away from bears.

Biologists estimate Nevada is home to up to 300 black bears, with most concentrated in the Carson Range on Tahoe's east shore.


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