Nevadans urged to be aware of possible bear encounters

RENO — State officials are urging western Nevada residents to exercise caution as spring brings the possibility of bear and human conflicts.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said living in bear country requires residents to take extra precautions and to be “bear aware.”

Nevada Department of Wildlife Director Ken Mayer agreed, saying residents need to comply with bear-proof trash ordinances and keep food away from bears.

Since Feb. 22, four nuisance black bears have been caught by wildlife officials in the Incline Village area on Lake Tahoe’s north shore.

Three of those bears were deemed dangerous or aggressive and were euthanized. The other was released after being conditioned to fear humans.

Biologists estimate the state is home to 200 to 300 black bears, with most concentrated in the Carson Range on Tahoe’s east shore.

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