Wildlife officials kill second ‘dangerous’ Lake Tahoe bear in span of 3 days
STATELINE, Nev. — For the second time this week, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has killed a black bear deemed a threat to public safety at Lake Tahoe, officials said.
A yearling female bear, about 18 months old, was trapped during the evening hours between Thursday night and Friday morning in the Kingsbury area of Douglas County, near the lake’s South Shore.
Chris Healy, NDOW’s public information officer, said the bear was identified as one that has recently broken into two different houses in the Kingsbury area in search of food.
“We hate having to do this but a bear entering a house is a dangerous bear and the Nevada Department of Wildlife is obligated to manage the situation,” Healy stated in a Friday, Aug. 28, news release. “We have an obligation to public safety that we do not take lightly. People have called and asked us to move the bear but we cannot move a bear that we know to be dangerous, that just would not be prudent.”
This is the fifth bear NDOW has killed in 2015 for “public safety concerns,” and the second in a week.
On Tuesday, Aug. 25, a 450-pound male bear was captured in Incline Village on the North Shore and put down.
Healy said by phone later Friday that the Kingsbury yearling came from a female bear NDOW has previously encountered.
NDOW has had to kill two other cubs from other litters by the same female. Healy said the mother bear, first caught in 2004 and now 19 or 20 years old, has taught multiple cubs to rely on garbage and other human-generate food as primary meal sources.
Healy called Friday’s incident yet another reminder that people should manage garbage better, especially in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Since 1997, the department has killed 108 bears that were deemed nuisances or public safety threats to the public, according to NDOW.
Further, 12 Nevada bears have been hit and killed by vehicles this year, Healy said. Since 1997, that makes 200 vehicle-aided bear deaths.