Authorities urge homeowners to pull up bear spikes before snow sets in |

Authorities urge homeowners to pull up bear spikes before snow sets in

Lt. Les Lovell, El Dorado County Sheriff's Office
Sierra Sun news service

The spring, summer, and fall of 2007 certainly have been challenging for our area regarding unwanted bear activity. With the winter quickly approaching, we anticipate a well deserved rest for both humans and bears.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has worked hand in hand with the BEAR League and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care to best resolve most encounters with bears. Additionally, the BEAR League and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care have educated many residents and visitors in ways to discourage bears from unintended contact with humans.

In some extreme cases “bear spike strips” or “nail boards” have been used to discourage repeat break-ins at homes. The spike strips and nail boards are nothing more than nails driven through boards and placed in front of doors, windows, and crawl spaces to dissuade a bear’s entry into a home.

Although these tactics were very effective and probably saved a number of bears from being euthanized, public safety officers are now asking for your help to minimize risks to emergency response personnel.

If you have placed spike strips or nail boards on your property, please consider removing the deterrent over the course of the winter. These traps may not be readily seen, especially when covered by snow, by law enforcement or firefighters needing to take action at your home. If you must maintain this bear deterrent at your home, please post a clear, visible warning sign at the front of the property warning people of the devices.


Lt. Les Lovell, L84

Lake Tahoe Operations

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

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