Bear report |

Bear report

In most areas the bears have settled in or have stopped eating and are preparing to sleep. Their natural tendencies are to eat pine needles and other roughage in order to develop a “fecal plug” as they do not eliminate waste while denning. This is why it is so important not to allow them access to our trash after they stop eating. If they do find an irresistible meal, it easily could disrupt the whole winter cycle. Before you begin to feed the birds for the winter, watch to be sure there are no longer bear tracks passing through the yard, or throw just a small handful of birdseed out in the early morning until we know for sure the bears are all asleep.

Break-ins stopped in Alpine Meadows about a week and a half ago and there have been no sightings. This was a very heavily hit area all summer long. A resident has now asked the Department of Fish and Game to set a trap at her house in order to kill a bear who had come inside several times. The trap is baited with strong smelling food and neighbors are concerned this will wake up any bear within range and then keep them up for the rest of the winter. This is certainly a very serious possibility.

A very large black-colored bear was sleeping under a building in Squaw Valley. He had damaged some heat vents and could not be allowed to remain so the BEAR League chased him out and ran him back up into the woods.

A gentleman called from Glenshire to report seeing a bear casually walking past his neighborhood and through his yard at nine in the morning. He commented that the bear was not causing any problem and that he and his children appreciated seeing the animal, as he is teaching his children to respect and understand nature and wildlife.

A mother bear and two cubs were seen going into an open crawl space door under a newly completed house in Truckee. BEAR League personnel were dispatched and found the three bears in a nest they had constructed deep under the house. The bears were immediately evicted but had been so comfortable that they returned later that night. The house has now been properly secured and the bears have not come back.

Please contact the BEAR League if you suspect a bear is sleeping under your house. Do not attempt to move any bears out by yourself. Call 525-7297 or e-mail

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