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Opinion: How many more Tahoe bears must die at Nevada’s expense?

Editor’s note

This letter was submitted to the Bonanza Sunday morning, July 17. The circumstances surrounding the latest bear trap at Sand Harbor may have changed since this letter was prepped for publication.

To Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval:

Two of your state agencies have been working hand in hand to completely disregard every guideline issued in your “July is Bear Logic Month” proclamation.

Your proclamation speaks of the Nevada Department of Wildlife taking a proactive role to mitigate human/bear interactions, and suggest that humans take responsibility and secure any attractants from being accessible by bears.

Both NDOW and Nevada State Parks — in reference locally at Sand Harbor — have been epic failures by those standards!

A third bear trap in six weeks sits there at Sand Harbor State Park in the parking lot as I type, while close at hand are overflowing trash bins that have been documented on a daily basis.

One young bear was trapped and killed in early June, while nothing has been done to secure the overflowing trash problem, which could be easily fixed.

I’ll finish with one question for you, governor: How many bears must die before someone steps in and takes control of a situation spiraling out of control?

Toogee Sielsch

South Lake Tahoe