LAKE TAHOE — The Lake Tahoe Basin could be off-limits to bear hunters under a proposal to be considered by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners next month.
Following public input, the Nevada Department of Wildlife has developed a proposal to prohibit the state’s bear hunt from taking place west of the Tahoe Rim Trail, according to spokesman Chris Healy.
Moving the start of the bear hunt to Sept. 15 from the third week in August will also be considered by the commission during its Feb. 3-4 meeting in Las Vegas, Healy said.
Starting the bear hunt after Labor Day will decrease the possibility of hunters interacting with other outdoor enthusiasts and should also provide cooler temperatures for hunters and their dogs, according to the spokesman.
Although none of the 14 bears killed during this year’s inaugural bear hunt were killed in the Lake Tahoe Basin, the most vocal opposition to the hunt has come from residents of the area.
NDOW officials warned bear hunters to steer clear of Lake Tahoe because of the controversial nature of the hunt.
Healy said the proposal to the commission is designed to provide accommodations to both hunters and those who are opposed to the bear hunt.
The commission is not expected to set quotas for the 2012 bear hunt at the February meeting. Bear population data and information from the 2011 hunt will be analyzed to determine the number of bear tags that will be issued for 2012, Healy said.
The commission is expected to determine a quota for 2012 in May, Healy said.