Bear euthanized for preying on livestock |

Bear euthanized for preying on livestock

Tribune staff report

A male black bear was euthanized Friday for preying on livestock in Genoa, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

The approximately 6-year-old bear had been handled by NDOW twice before. The first time it was captured was in March 2013 near a lambing area in Jacks Valley, just north of Genoa. The second time was earlier this year, when NDOW personnel were searching for a bear that killed four goats inside an enclosure in Genoa.

After the incident, a trap was set and the bear was caught. But it could not be determined if the captured bear was the same one that killed the livestock.

The bear, wearing an identifying ear tag after its first capture, was then taken to an area about 80 miles south of Gardnerville and released.

That same bear returned to Genoa this past week, punched a hole in the side of a small barn and entered the enclosure, killing two goats. The offending bear was caught in an NDOW trap Friday morning and was euthanized once it was properly identified.

It was the first bear killed in 2014 for depredating on livestock, according to NDOW. Two bears were euthanized in 2013 for the same reason.

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