Tahoe Daily Tribune editorial: When it comes to bears, take your concerns to the next level
August 7, 2013
Another black bear was killed on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe Monday after the Nevada Department of Wildlife decided it was a threat. The bear had broken into homes and, despite being relocated miles away, made its way back to the same area to carry out the same habits of destroying property, according to NDOW. Authorities say the bear was too familiar with humans.
Part of what draws many people to the area is the variety of outdoor activity and, with that, comes the wildlife. It’s an indisputable fact that the wildlife was here before humans settled. But we’re here now, and show no signs of going away. The bears are going to continue to look for food, so be responsible by putting away your trash and using bear boxes when camping, etc. If a bear knows it can find food or trash left out in a certain spot, it will likely return. Do what you can to be aware of the bears.
As with any bear killing, people on both sides of the issue — those dubbed the “bear killers” or “bear murderers” and those who are referred to as “bear huggers” — have already been vocal. Arguments have started on the Tahoe Daily Tribune Facebook page and website, as well as in other forums and sites that have reported the incident. While creating dialogue with each other is a good thing, we also encourage you to take your concerns to the next level.
No one wants the bears to be killed. But the practices won’t change unless something is done at the legislative level or by the Nevada Wildlife Commission, which oversees NDOW. If you have thoughts on how the policies should be changed, contact the agency that has the power to make those changes. To request that the Nevada Wildlife Commission reconsider its bear policy, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To get in touch with a Nevada Wildlife Commission board member, visit tinyurl.com/NDOWcommissioners. For tips on being bear aware, visit http://www.savethebears.org.