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Budget cuts means biologists will focus more on safety issues

Annie Flanzraich
Sierra Sun

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. ” Despite worries from Nevada legislators Thursday that budget cuts to the Nevada Department of Wildlife could result in slower response times, NDOW Director Ken Mayer said biologists will be able to quickly respond to public safety issues in upcoming years.

Mayer emphasized that the department has not laid off any employees.

³We will respond to bear incidents that are public safety issues, but staff is not going to have the time to work with the public on a daily basis to make them bear aware,² Mayer said in a Friday interview with the Bonanza.

NDOWs budget took about a $530,000 budget cut for fiscal years 2009-01 and 2010-11, Mayer said. State money contributes about 3 percent of the departments total funds and the rest of the budget is made up of user fees and federal funds.

In the Tahoe Basin, and especially in Incline Village, the result of less funds will mean less of NDOWs resident bear expert Carl Lackey, Mayer said.

³Instead of Carl Lackey working with homeowners in Incline Village about being bear aware during the week, were going to have him on other projects with other funding,² Mayer said, adding that Lackey still will respond to public safety issues.


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