Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada human-bear conflicts subject of film |

Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada human-bear conflicts subject of film

This image from the film shows a black bear approaching a vehicle on a street in broad daylight.
Courtesy NineCaribou Productions |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Washoe County Health District recently produced a film showcasing the Incline Village and Reno-Galena areas and how Sierra bears are becoming increasingly bolder with human interaction.

The roughly 25-minute film, produced on DVD by Northern Nevada-based NineCaribou Productions, is titled, “Urban Bears: Keeping Nevada’s Bears Wild.”

It bears the following tagline: “A must-see for anyone living in bear country.”

The film features commentary from wildlife experts, including the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s Carl Lackey, and homeowners in Washoe County who’ve had encounters with bears; along with still images and video of bears walking within steps of humans, and destroyed homes after bruin break-ins.

“Garbage is enticing these bears from their forested habitats not urban areas, creating conflict with humans and devastating consequences for people and bears alike,” according to a film description.

While the film — also available on YouTube — focuses on Washoe County, it includes helpful tips and reminders that resonate across the greater Truckee-Tahoe region in terms of being bear aware.

Visit to learn more about the production company, or for the county health district.

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