Ranchos bear runs for hills
April 15, 2014
A bear prowling around the Gardnerville Ranchos on Monday morning managed to make his escape before wildlife officers arrived.
The bear was reported on Sunday night on Kimmerling and on Monday morning on Blue Rock in the Ranchos, Nevada Wildlife Biologist Carl Lackey said.
With spring, bears are starting to wake from hibernation and are looking for food.
According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, bears are active from March until December in Northern Nevada, with activity levels increasing in the late summers.
When bears wake up, they go looking for food, according to Lackey.
Lackey advises people to keep garage doors shut, car doors locked and keep all food sources away from bears.
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Bears are omnivorous, which means they'll eat vegetation and meat. Usually they eat grasses, berries, insects, nuts, small mammals and carrion. Because bears are opportunistic feeders they will eat anything they can, including human garbage and occasionally livestock.
Lackey said he's expecting drought conditions will increase the number of bears looking to human sources for food.
Douglas County has an ordinance that requires residents who live outside of the town of Gardnerville and Minden to keep bears out of their trash. Anyone who has two reported incidents within two years must install a bear-proof container.
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