Bear Report |

Bear Report

Bears love Thanksgiving because visitors and residents have lots of leftovers and quite often are careless in properly disposing of them. Please do not feed the bears by allowing them to score a turkey dinner. Their food sources are naturally supposed to be diminishing at this time so they will go to sleep. As long as they continue to find available food, they will keep eating and not follow their natural instincts to go into the den.

Alpine Meadows is experiencing the most bear activity of any area in Truckee/Tahoe. Almost nightly a home is entered and the kitchen is raided. Always it is a residence with food inside and no one at home. Several people commented that there was no food left in the refrigerator or cupboards, but spices, teas, condiments and canned goods all attract bears. (Bears do not come into houses to watch TV or to steal jewelry.)

A mother bear and two cubs about a month ago entered an empty house situated back in the woods in Homewood. No one discovered the broken door and the invasion until the owner came up last weekend. Along with the bear family, several coyotes and raccoons had been going in and out of the house for weeks. The destruction was severe. The homeowner will be installing a barking dog alarm and leaving lights on when not at home.

There have been several reports of bears getting into garbage in Kings Beach. Far too many residents are illegally leaving trash out and making it accessible to the bears. County ordinances prohibit this and environmental health will take action if notified by a neighbor or if a county official documents the action.

Several homes have been entered in Ward Valley during the past few weeks. Single pane windows, French doors or hollow-core doors are easy for bears to break or open and this is usually the way they gain entry. It is highly recommended for homes that are left unattended for weeks or months at a time to be retrofitted with double pane glass and solid doors with two strong deadbolts. It also helps very much to do something to make the bears believe someone is inside.

The big dominant male bear from Meek’s Bay suddenly began going into vacant homes recently. The BEAR League was notified of his location and was successful in thwarting another attempt by chasing him out of the neighborhood using aversion techniques. The league will be monitoring his whereabouts in hope of keeping him away from homes from now on.

If you have a neighbor who improperly stores trash where bears can get access to it, please call your county environmental health office or the BEAR League. If you have questions, comments or concerns about bears the League can be reached at 525-7297 or

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