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.”

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