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Nevada Black Bears on the Prowl for Food

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Nevada's black bears are on the prowl for high calorie comfort food to pack on pounds before winter.
 
The increased bear activity is keeping biologists with the Nevada Department of Wildlife busy to make sure the hungry bruins don't get into trouble by getting too close to people.
 
The agency on Wednesday said bears are expanding beyond their normal territories in search of easy pickings such as trash or ripened fruit. Areas near Yerington, Topaz Ranch Estates and the Minden-Gardnerville area and the foothills of Reno have all seen bears in recent days.
 
NDOW biologists have set four bear traps around northern Nevada, hoping to capture marauding bears before they get into trouble and become a nuisance.
 
The plan is to release captured bears with a send-off of rubber bullets to discourage them from venturing into neighborhoods. NDOW says it has saved 400 bears using aversive conditioning treatment since the technique was first used in the late 1990s. "The key to saving these bears is that we receive a phone call from the public right when the bear shows up in a neighborhood," says Carl Lackey. "When we're allowed to do our job from the beginning, without interference from outside groups, we can save most bears."

To report bear conflicts in California, contact Northern California dispatch at (916) 445-0380. To report bear conflicts in Nevada, contact the Nevada Department of Wildlife at (775) 688-BEAR (2327). If the issue is an immediate threat, call the local sheriff's department or 911.

For information on living with bears, you can go to www.ndow.org and the look for the ‘Bear Logic' page on the website.

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