Bear report |

Bear report

We experienced welcome changes in bear activity during the rush of Labor Day weekend.

Bears are generally intimidated by our presence and try to avoid us so fewer of them frequented residential areas. But now the problems will escalate for two reasons. First, more empty homes and secondly, the seasonal clock in all bears’ brains tells them winter is coming and to eat as much and as fast as they can.

Fortunately, we have a proliferation of native berries ripening and ready for them to dine on back in the woods. Sadly, several people are not properly securing the garbage enclosures and there is an abundance of birdseed (bearseed) available in most neighborhoods.

The goal is to force the bears into the woods, away from our homes, where they can easily find natural food and not be tempted to come in to our yards or our homes.

Tahoe Swiss Village and Tahoe Pines remain the hot spots for break-ins. A mom and two young cubs are the responsible party. All homes entered are empty and have single pane windows. In each case as soon as the resident installed a motion-activated barking dog the unwelcome visitations promptly ceased.

It’s discouraging to report an ongoing problem in the Ward Creek area. The BEAR League highly recommend residents here take extra precautions to keep property safe. Call the league for advice.

We are hoping the bears from Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, who thought of themselves as house pets, have gone to dine on berries but we encourage residents to continue to be cautious with windows and doors. Most bears in all neighborhoods will enter homes through screens, open sliders or doors, especially if they believe no one is inside.

The young Rubicon bear is still getting lucky while cruising the neighborhood due to doors left open, garbage unsecured or food left outside. This is the time to let him know the rules, namely it’s best for a bear not to be close to people. He’s not catching on because we are giving him the wrong message.

A 20-month-old, small-for-his-age yearling from the North Shore was hit by a car several weeks ago and suffered an injury to his left rear leg. Bears know not to put weight on a broken bone so he is limping. Initially he was in distress and needed help but now he’s moving very well, climbing trees and eating natural food. The league has verified his ability to travel distances of greater than eight miles per day. The BEAR League asks for anyone who sees him to call and not feed him. Ninety-five percent of bear injuries like this heal perfectly well. He poses no threat, as it is typically a myth that an injured bear is dangerous.

Call the BEAR League for assistance of any kind regarding bears at 525-PAWS (7297) or e-mail

” Provided by the BEAR League.

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