Bear captured in SW Reno neighborhood

Reported by: Terri Hendry
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Updated: 7/03/2014 10:09 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- For the fourth time in just three days, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has caught another bear. The latest one captured was in the Caughlin Ranch area, specifically in the Eagle's Nest subdivision.

NDOW officials said the 250-pound bear was roaming the neighborhood eating trash. When the bear got inside a garage and started showing up during the day, NDOW set a trap to catch it.

"The homeowner made one mistake and that was allowing the bear acces to his trash," said NDOW Game Biologist Carl Lackey. "We tell people all the time, you can't allow it to happen, not even once because if you allow it, you've created a problem."

The bear was in good condition. He is a young adult, approximately three years old. NDOW said they have never this bear before. Because of the homeowner's mistake, the bear ended up in the hands of NDOW. He was named Yellow 91, tagged, tattooed and microchipped.

Lackey said it is up to humans to protect the bears. "If you live anywhere near bear habitat, you'd be surprised what bear habitat is in Nevada, use a bear-resistant trash can. Don't allow this to happen even one time because then the problem is created and we have a very hard time encouraging these bears to change their behavior."

Yellow 91 will be re-released into the wild on Friday. He will be exposed to aversion conditioning. "Since we have never seen this bear before, we have a pretty good chance to alter its nuisance behavior," said Lackey. "As we release it, we will shoot rubber bullets at it and have a Karelian bear dog bark at it and chase it. The goal is to make the bear uncomfortable, so it thinks twice before coming back to civilization."
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