Letter to the Editor: Recent bear killing could have been avoided
May 27, 2013
Recent bear killing could have been avoided
In regard to the bear that was reported killed after entering a residence of a 92-year-old resident, after May's "Bear Aware" month, this incident, stressful for the resident and fatal for the bear, could have been avoided. Neighbors could have called the Bear Trash Hotline, 24 hours at 775-832-1221 and reported this resident had "sometimes left garbage in the garage … and has occasionally seen a bear getting into trash inside."
This indicates the homeowner was leaving an access, most likely through an open garage door, to the garbage inside. This is, if nothing else, a public nuisance situation that created an attraction for wildlife (including a bear) to access a food supply. Had the neighbors been diligent in reporting this condition, the problem could have been solved with a bear-proof container and a strong statement for the resident's safety to keep the garage door closed and not supply foraging animals food.
This would have been the right thing to do to ensure everyone's safety. It is incomprehensible with all "word around town" residents are not "bear aware." There is information everywhere you turn in Incline Village warning to "stash your trash" and lock the trash containers.
This incident re-enforces the fact mandatory bear-proof containers be in our ordinances. That would make our village a lot safer for residents and bears.
There are fines in place for not securing garbage. Report unsecured trash for your own safety, the safety of your neighborhood and the wildlife. It is the right thing to do.
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