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August 7, 2012
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Letter to the Editor: The bear problem at Lake Tahoe is actually human problem

The following letter was written to the IVGID Board of Trustees:

My Mother and I have been home owners and residents of Incline Village since early 1995, North Lake Tahoe since 1990 and prior to that, I was a resident of Fairbanks of Alaska for many years. I have lived in bear country all my adult life. I graduated as a biologist from University of Alaska and worked for many public agencies as a wildlife biologist, public information specialist and land use planner. I truly do understand our bear problem in Lake Tahoe. The problem is a Human Problem. The bears are just being bears.

Why do I still see commercial sites and residences with in the boundaries of Incline Villages without properly secured trash? This is totally unacceptable. Our Human Problem in Incline Village is caused by uncaring people. Unfortunately some people only choose to care when it hits their pocket book.

Please aggressively implement and enforce a good program for the disposal of trash for all of Incline Village. Commercial and residential properties should be severely fined for lack of compliance. This Human Problem is nothing new.

Please give our local enforcement officials your backing to enforce strict regulations for proper trash storage and removal. I don’t want to see another generation of bears trained to eat of out dumpsters and trash piles in Incline Village. This only happens due to our Human Problem. Bears are just going to be bears. That is how God made them! They are eating machines and will look for food where ever they can find it.

I will be following your positions on this matter closely as both my mother and I are tired of being two of the silent majority watching our Board of Trustees pass the buck and take no aggressive action on this Human Problem. Please implement and enforce aggressive regulations for the proper storage and disposal of trash! I have a beautiful Bear Box at my home. Every residence, public facility, and business that disposes of trash should have Bear Safe Trash Containers. No exceptions. It is time to hit the Human Problem in their pocket books!

Thank you.

Jean S. Solberg, Yvonne C. Solberg

Incline Village

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 7, 2012 04:43PM Published Aug 7, 2012 04:42PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.