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Bear league busted apart

Jeremy Morrison, Sun News Service

Volunteers will continue to respond to wayward bears and educate the public on the four-legged locals, but they will no longer be calling themselves the Bear Preservation League.

“The new name is better suited to what we are,” said group president, Ann Bryant.

Choosing the acronym BEAR (Bear Education Aversion Response), Bryant said the league wanted to put more emphasis on its public education pursuits.

The BEAR League will continue its efforts to educate the public and respond to bear sightings; everything will remain the same except for the name, Bryant said.

According to Bryant, the league had to give up its former name upon splitting from the Mountain Lion Foundation. Hoping for more efficient management and fund-raising efforts, the league joined forces with the foundation last November. The Mountain Lion Foundation is a statewide wildlife organization.

Bryant said that the two groups parted ways in May because of “disagreements in operations, in ethical values and in mission statement follow-through. They’re political and we’re active.”

Foundation Executive Director Lynn Sadler said that she was sorry to see the fraction. She also said that the Bear Preservation League would be performing the same service as it had previously and it would remain a partner with the foundation. Bear Preservation League Director Bob Malm will remain with the group as an employee of the Foundation. Malm said in a letter to the Tahoe World that he regretted the break-up.

“We are always sorry when people don’t want to work together, but the bears need a lot of help and there will be plenty for more than one group to do,” Malm wrote. “We wish them (the BEAR League) well.”


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