INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (Mynews4.com & KRNV) - The Nevada Department of Wildlife believes someone is feeding black bears near Tahoe, and that's not all. They also think whoever is feeding the bears, is making threats against neighbors who want nuisance bears removed.
NDOW released photos over the weekend, and they also mentioned this has been a very active year for nuisance bears. The bears should be hibernating by now, but they are not, and NDOW says they believe they know why.
Chris Healy says feeding bears creates nuisance bears that break into houses and cars, like a 263-pound bear that had to be euthanized last week. "We had heard rumors of it, but we had never been able to prove it."
"We're going to point the finger right back at the people who are feeding the bears, and tell them, 'You are the people who put that bear in danger that led to it being euthanized.'"
Healy said NDOW believes whoever is behind this, is behind another problem at Incline Village. "They also seem to be engaged in some of the intimidation tactics against people who actually ask the NDOW for help."
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office confirms they are investigating threats and harassment of a resident who wanted to remove a nuisance bear.
"It's time for people to mature and quit bullying and quit intimidating people who seek help, because we all need to make these bears wild. We don't need to domesticate them for our own pleasure," Healy said.
Healy says whoever is feeding the bears can expect a written warning from NDOW and their name will soon become public. If they continue, a second offense is $250, and a third offense climbs to as high as $500.