Fund-raiser for bears |

Fund-raiser for bears

The Bear Preservation League, a 1-year-old organization dedicated to helping black bears in the Lake Tahoe Basin, has a few fund-raising opportunities happening this month.

First, West Shore’s Homewood Mountain Resort has a special bear-preservation festival planned for Dec. 23 and 24. Part of the proceeds from adult all-day lift tickets will go to the league.

The other one is Tahoe artist Jan Foss recently released limited edition prints called “Oliver’s Plea: Stop the Killing” for sale.

Oliver, a young bear who had become a symbol for the Bear Preservation League, was killed last month. It is believed he was hit by a car.

He was the orphan of a mother bear killed in August 1998 by California Fish and Game for being a nuisance bear. It was after that event that the Bear Preservation League formed. During the past summer, about 120 trained league volunteers responded to bear complaints, trying to better educate residents about how to co-exist with bears.

Homewood held a one-day event for the league last December and raised $800. With the event now two days and happening right before Christmas, Collier Cook, Homewood spokesman, said he believes it will raise much more this year.

“This year we should have a good, big crowd,” he said.

Besides the skiing and snowboarding available at the event, the league will have an information booth set up and Homewood staff members are planning to build more than 10 snow sculptures around the resort.

“It’s a great day. Last year, some of the sculptures were hilarious, and I’m sure it will be fun again this year,” Cook said. “It’s kind of a festival atmosphere.”

– Tribune News Service editor Katherine E. Hill contributed to this story

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