The sheriff’s office asks homeowners to pull or identify bear spike strips |

The sheriff’s office asks homeowners to pull or identify bear spike strips

Lt. Les Lovell / El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

Unwanted bear activity this spring, summer and fall has challenged our area. With winter quickly approaching, we anticipate a well-deserved rest for both humans and bears.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has worked hand-in-hand with the BEAR League and Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care to best resolve most encounters with bears. These organizations have also educated residents and visitors about discouraging bears from unintended contact with humans.

In some extreme cases, “bear spike strips” or “nail boards” have been used to discourage repeat break-ins at homes. The spike strips and nail boards are nails driven through boards and placed in front of doors, windows and crawl spaces to dissuade a bear’s entry into a home.

Although these tactics were very effective and probably saved some bears from being euthanized, public safety officers need your help to minimize risks to emergency response personnel.

If you have placed spike strips or nail boards on your property, please consider removing the deterrent over the winter. These traps may not be readily seen by law enforcement or firefighters needing to take action at your home – especially when the traps are covered by snow. If you must maintain this bear deterrent at your home, please post a clear, visible warning sign at the front of the property warning people of the devices.

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