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Tahoe residents complete BEAR League response training program

Special to the Bonanza
These residents now make up the Incline BEAR League Team.
Courtesy BEAR League |

The BEAR League is proud to introduce the recent graduates of the Response Team Training, held March 27 in Incline Village.

Representing neighborhoods all over Incline, these volunteers join forces with the existing Incline BEAR League Team and are all ready to help residents, visitors and bears in what is bound to be a very worrisome summer with regards to bears foraging for food where they oftentimes aren’t welcome.

With a trained volunteer close by, the goal is to respond quickly to a bear call, and thereby, hopefully, avoid the possibility of the bear’s presence escalating into a”problem.

Many of our local bears have emerged from their winter dens and sightings are being reported on a daily basis. The Incline BEAR League Team is here to help residents understand and prepare for hungry bears venturing into backyards on their ongoing search for food and water.

“Killing bears is not the answer … it simply promotes continued irresponsible actions by residents,” said class member Megan Warren.

Bill Ferrall, whose whole family took the class, said, “I understand now that some people get extremely angry with a bear — and often want him killed — after they have unintentionally done something to tempt him into their house or car and he causes damage.

“The bear isn’t making a mess to be mean or antagonistic, he’s just foraging for food where he feels welcome.”

Residents are encouraged to call the BEAR League hotline with questions and requests for assistance. The BEAR League is a 501©3 community organization recognized by the states of Nevada and California. Call 530-525-7297 or visit http://www.savebears.org for information.