Bear killed after crashing Tahoe beach party

(Image courtesy: Marguerite Spieker of Glenbrook, NV, Image furnished by Nevada Department of Wildlife)
(Image courtesy: Marguerite Spieker of Glenbrook, NV, Image furnished by Nevada Department of Wildlife)
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Updated: 7/11 10:02 am

GLENBROOK, Nev. (AP) — Nevada wildlife officials say a black bear with a rap sheet had to be killed after it turned up at Lake Tahoe again this week posing a safety threat to beachgoers.

Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the bear had been captured twice since 2011, most recently last year in the same area around Glenbrook. It was deemed too dangerous to be released to the wild a third time.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the 3-year-old male was spotted Tuesday prowling on a Glenbrook beach. Biologists darted it Wednesday then chemically euthanized it in Reno.

It's the first bear put down as a safety threat in Nevada this year. Five were killed for that reason last year.

Biologists anticipate significant bear conflicts around Tahoe and the Sierra this season due to prolonged drought.


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