Bear facts for Tahoe |

Bear facts for Tahoe

Lisa Marsh

With the increase of human population in Black Bear habitat, conflicts and confrontations are becoming unavoidable. In the wild, bears will run from humans. But in populated areas, they may become used to people and tend to be more aggressive.

Bears can be attracted to a number of situations:

— Man-made unnatural attractions such as garbage, camp food, fruit trees or beehives.

— As juveniles leave the mother, they cover large distances to find their own territory. While wandering, they get into the most trouble by getting into garbage or being hit by cars.

— Drought conditions or other climate changes can limit quality and quantity of food sources like grasses and berries, pinenuts or small rodents and mammals.

Some recommendations for deterring bears are:

— Cleanup should be done immediately once you notice bears in the area.

— Spray or pour ammonia around garbage cans. This masks the aroma of the garbage.

— Avoid placing pungent foods in the trash like bacon grease or spoiled food.

— Wait until the morning pickup before putting garbage out. Double bag all trash with ammonia.

— Use bear proof garbage containers.

— Keep pet food cleaned up and secluded.

— When camping, be sure to use bear-proof food containers and follow local guidelines.

— Surround fruit trees, and/or beehives with tall metal or wooden fence that will completely enclose the area to be protected.

— Scare the bear away by using alarm devices, loud noises or dogs.

Information provided by the Nevada Division of Wildlife.

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