RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Bears usually wander through the Caughlin Ranch area in late summer.
Sightings, however, are already being reported this season, and the animals are not alone.
"You’re in rattlesnake country and you’re in coyote country,” said Nevada Department of Wildlife Public Information Officer Chris Healy.
Coyotes are being spotted near Caughlin Ranch homes this week and Healy said the animals adapt to people and are comfortable in neighborhoods. "Drought is all about food. When you have drought, you don’t have wild food out there for things like bears, coyotes."
Wild animals are looking for water, as well, and Caughlin Ranch covers all needs. "A couple of rain storms over the past week doesn’t mitigate this very much at all," said Healy. "You are going to have animals seek out as much water and green as they can find."
The Caughlin Ranch Homeowners Association understands the situation and has been told by NDOW to expect more animals in the area this season as drought conditions continue.