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NDOW Captures Young Black Bear in Caughlin Ranch

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Nevada Department of Wildlife says it captured a young male black bear Thursday morning in Caughlin Ranch. NDOW will release it Friday morning west of Reno.

It says the 250-pound, three-year-old had been raiding garbage cans overnight and that morning when it was caught by a trap.

NDOW says this particular bear had never been captured before by the agency.

The bear was tranquilized by NDOW biologists and was processed and prepared for release. The processing procedure includes the acquisition of hair and blood samples, the affixing of a tattoo on the bear’s inner lip plus the placement of a microchip and ear tags.

“We had never handled this bear before,” says biologist Carl Lackey, “So we have a pretty good chance to alter its nuisance behavior when we release it on Friday morning.”  NDOW personnel will use aversion conditioning on the bear. “Once we have the bear in the trap and right as we release it, we shoot rubber bullets at it and chase it with Karelian bear dogs, using all of the tools available to us in our aversion conditioning program. The goal is to make the bear uncomfortable and make it think twice before coming back to civilization.”

This is the fourth bear handled in the last three days by NDOW. Two bears captured at Incline Village on July 1, were safely released on Wednesday in an area of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Another bear handled on July 21 was hit by a car and killed near Spooner Summit.

July is BEAR Logic month in Nevada. The Nevada Department of Wildlife is asking people to do all they can to keep bears safe and wild by removing any attractants on their property which might lead bears get into trouble.            

The best advice if you do encounter a bear, is to contact the Nevada Department of Wildlife immediately. Call (775) 688-BEAR. And for more tips and information go to http://www.ndow.org/Nevada_Wildlife/Bear_Logic/

(The Nevada Department of Wildlife contributed to this report.)
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