Bear report |

Bear report

The season for bears taking up winter residence under homes has begun. Several reports have been called in with people seeing bear tracks going under decks and not coming back out. This is all very typical and the BEAR League is here to help if this happens at your house or cabin. Normally the bears will not actually sleep for the winter under a deck because they prefer a more enclosed space, but if the deck takes them to an opening under the house, this is perfect real estate. They like a den that is quiet, dark, dry and out of the wind. The downside to this is that they sometimes damage heat vents or wiring and may chew on the floor joists. They also snore, rather loudly. Remember to be very careful with garbage because if a bear gets up to stretch and sun himself and does not find food he will go back to sleep, but if a garbage banquet is within reach he will not be able to resist it and then probably will be up for the rest of the winter. This is the beginning of trouble for a neighborhood, as there is no natural food available in winter and the bear could easily resort to entering homes.

The elderly one-eyed bear from Tahoma was found sleeping under the deck of a seemingly abandoned cabin. He was not happy about being forced to find a new winter residence but BEAR League personnel were successful in convincing him that he would get no peace, as there are a lot of dogs and children in the area.

The Talmont bear is still up and busy raiding kitchens. Reports continue to come in almost everyday of an entry into a house where no one is at home. He will run off if a person sees him approaching a house, but will try to enter if he can escape detection. He is large and seems to enter by shouldering down the door. It helps to install another and very strong deadbolt about a foot below the top of the casing but this bear also breaks sliding patio doors. Call the BEAR League for advice on how to make and install a ‘Bear Unwelcome Mat’.

A 2-year-old bear was hit and killed on Highway 89 just south of Truckee. There were no injuries to the motorists who collided with him. Three cars hit him before he could be moved off the road but he died after the first impact. The motorists stopped and expressed sincere regret. It is often impossible to avoid hitting a bear as they will run out from the woods and dart right onto the road. This is the time of year when more bears are hit on the roads and highways than any other.

Several bears were seen early in the morning eating garbage that was illegally set out by numerous residents of Kings Beach. It was not garbage day.

Contact the BEAR League for questions or problems with bears at 525-7297 or The League does not own the bears and is not responsible for their behavior but has years of experience and will try to be helpful.

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