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NDOW: Bear Activity Continues in Carson City, Reno

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Nevada Dept. of Wildlife biologists say Carson City and the foothills of Reno remain "hot spots" for black bears before their annual hibernation period.

NDOW reports that two bears were caught and released on the west side of Carson City over the past few days.

And there are still reports of bear activity in that area.

Two bears were also caught in Reno last weekend and later released. As a result, NDOW set several traps in west and south Reno.

Meanwhile, NDOW says two bears have died in recent days at Lake Tahoe. A female cub was hit and killed by a car near Zephyr Cove and a two-year-old female bear was found dead in a small stream.

Biologists also say a bear entered a car sometime Wednesday night/Thursday morning in Incline Village and was later released from the vehicle by law enforcement. The bear was not hurt.

NDOW says bear activity in western Nevada is expected to stay "busy and active" for at least the next few weeks. NDOW says bears are still in the physiological state of hyperphagia where their in-take of food can increase from 3,000 calories a day to as many as 25,000 calories per day. "Their one and only job is eating this time of year and they are very good at it." Sierra Nevada black bears usually go into hibernation in between Thanksgiving and Christmas as food sources become harder to find.

"We may have handled up to 20 bears in the last three weeks," says Carl Lackey, "but it's too busy to give an exact figure. The time for paperwork will come later in the fall when bear activitiy slows down." 

NDOW urges residents to be aware and keep garbage away from bears and by picking up fruit from trees in their yards.

If you see a bear, you're urged to call NDOW's Bear Hotline at 775-688-2327 or go to www.ndow.org and find the 'Bear Logic' page on the web.

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