Bear-human encounters in basin at all-time high |

Bear-human encounters in basin at all-time high

Gregory Crofton
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune A juvenile bear takes respite Tuesday in Marla Bay.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies were called to Marla Bay on Tuesday night to scare a young bear out of a back yard.

The animal had been tagged by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, which indicates it had previously been a public nuisance. The deputies chased the bear up a tree before humans left it alone and the bear left the area.

This summer continues to be the most active on record for bear-human encounters, according to Ann Bryant, executive director of the BEAR League, a bear awareness organization based in Lake Tahoe.

“I still get about 75 phone calls a day requesting information or reporting incidents,” Bryant said. “Bears are still coming into houses and getting into garages and cars. And about a third of those calls are coming from the South Lake Tahoe area.”

But, Bryant said, people are starting to get the message with the help of its education campaign – posters that depict the grim reaper feeding a bear and the message “Don’t Feed Our Bears.”

“A lot of people saw the poster and a little light went on,” Bryant said. “Bear-proof garbage containers have really taken off at South Shore. Most of the calls we’re getting about where to buy them are coming from that area, which is really encouraging.”

The BEAR League can be reached at (530) 525-7297 or

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