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Three Bears Released Back in the Wild

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Three bears caught in west Reno on Sunday night were released back into the wild Tuesday morning. A mother and two cubs were let go near Spooner Lake.

Carl Lackey, a wildlife biologist for the Nevada Department of Wildlife said the release can be a little tricky when involving a mother and cubs.

"A female with cubs, you never know if they will all come out of the cage at the same time or not. These cubs were a little bit hesitant, so we ended up having to shake them out. Nonetheless, rest assured, they always hook up. Moms never go too far."

Lackey said they have the dogs bark and make a lot of noise to scare the bears, so they won't want to come near humans again.

NDOW trapped the mother bear before, back in 2007, in another drought year. Lackey said the bear was released and wasn't seen back in the valley again, until this past weekend.

He said the bear wants to be in the wild, but she needs the extra calories to feed her cubs and herself before hibernation.

Chris Healy, with NDOW, said in drought years like this, bears are very active, which means they can venture into places like backyards in southwest Reno or Carson City.

"We've handled eight bears in eight days and released all of them successfully now," said Healy. "This is an extraordinary nuisance bear year. The goal of the Nevada Department Of Wildlife is to keep bears and humans as separated as much possible. We don't want bears acclimating to humans and living in and amongst humans. That is a dangerous situation."

Unfortunately, another bear, caught in Incline Village had to be put down last night. NDOW officials said the bear had become a danger to humans. They say the bear broke into a home several times.

If you see a bear, you are asked to report it to NDOW's bear hotline at 775-688-2327 or 688-bear.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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