RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- There has been a string of bear attacks across the country in the last few days. The most recent involved a black bear, which is common in our area.
Nevada Department of Wildlife uses is aversion "conditioning" designed to make it so miserable for the bear they avoid any future encounters with humans. But, this is the time of year when a bear's hunger takes command where they go from 3,000 calories a day to upwards of 25,000-30,000 calories a day. Getting additional calories right now is a constant quest.
If you thought a momma with cubs was the most dangerous encounter, you need to think again. Young male black bears are the most dangerous of the black bears.
NDOW officials credit their aggressive management of bears deemed a nuisance as the reason we've been fortunate enough not to see a bear attack in Nevada. NDOW has euthanized two bears this year. It is an approach that is not without controversy.
As for how to protect yourself if you stumble upon a bear, you know to make a lot of noise, but its also important is to make sure you aren't near or provide any source of food to bears.