Bear Preservation League training at South Shore |

Bear Preservation League training at South Shore

Andy Bourelle

Lake Tahoe’s Bear Preservation League is planning a South Shore training seminar for Feb. 20, and it is not too late to sign up.

A group of former strangers brought together after the August 1998 killing of a mother bear and her cub in Homewood, the Bear Preservation League, with the help of the California Department of Fish and Game, is developing a bear community response team.

When Fish and Game receives complaints about bears – as it did for the August killing in Homewood – officials will first contact the Bear Preservation League, which will establish team members throughout the basin. The nearest members to the complaint will respond and be able to talk with and educate the complaining residents or tourists about bears, and about keeping trash and food away from them.

The Feb. 20 seminar will be for people who want to participate and respond to complaints.

“We need enough people to cover that whole area,” said Ann Bryant, one of the founding members of the league. “We need enough so that people can pair up and no one has to respond to a call alone, and no one is overburdened with too many calls.”

At the meetings, California Fish and Game representatives and other wildlife officials are supposed to provide information and solutions to prevent human and bear conflict.

A North Shore training meeting will be held in March.


What: Bear Preservation League South Shore training seminar

When: Feb. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline

To volunteer: Call Ann Bryant at (530) 525-PAWS; reservations must be made by Feb. 15

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