Two black bears captured, one hit

Bears caught in west Carson City neighborhood. (Jeff Deitch -KRNV, 2011)
Bears (Jeff Deitch -KRNV, 2011)
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Updated: 7/02/2014 6:53 am
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- July 1 marked the beginning of Bear Logic Month in Nevada and the bears quickly illustrated the reason why the special month to promote bear awareness in Nevada is needed, according to a press release sent by NDOW spokesperson Chris Healy.

Two black bears were captured this morning by the Nevada Department of Wildlife in separate traps in Incline Village and will be released in the mountains above Lake Tahoe on Wednesday morning. A third bear was hit and killed by a car near Spooner Summit early Tuesday morning. Since 1997, 170 black bears have been killed by cars in Nevada.

The two bears at Incline Village were both captured near homes in culvert bear traps. Both animals were displaying nuisance behavior related to access to human garbage. One of the female bears was a nine year old which was first caught in the Lake Tahoe Basin in 2009. The other bear caught at Incline was a yearling female which had never been captured before by NDOW.

“We will use aversion conditioning on these bear when we release them on Wednesday morning,” says NDOW black bear biologist Carl Lackey. “The Karelian bear dogs and some well placed rubber buckshot fired from a shotgun will hopefully put a scare into these bears and keep them away from humans in the future.”

The summer of 2014 is expected to be a busy one for nuisance bear activity in Nevada. The ongoing drought has dried up many natural food sources and bears are expected to greatly expand their search for food in urban interface areas where human sources of garbage can often be found to supplement the black bear’s diet.

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