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Rain Temporarily Slows Bear Activity

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It has been one of the busier summers for Nevada Wildlife officials in terms of bear activity. In July, NDOW responded to almost two dozen bear calls, but what about August?

“These rains that we have been having at the end of July and early August have actually slowed bear activity down,” said Chris Healy with the Department of Wildlife.

In July, 20 bears were handled by NDOW, but so far in August, it has only been three.

“I think there is a direct correlation to it,” said Healy. “Anytime Mother Nature gets a drink of water, that is good news for the plant community and the animals that live off those plants.”

Healy says the rain allowed vegetation to grow in higher elevations, which consequently keeps bears a little further away from populated areas.

However, he says it is only temporary. Healy predicts another busy fall season for them as food sources dry out.

Also, maintain fruit trees.

“Get ready,” he said. “Get the fruit off the trees. Pick it off the ground. Don’t attract the bears.”

Black bears can smell a decaying carcass from 20 miles away, according to Healy.

“If they can smell that, they can smell ripening fruit on the west side of Reno so there is your warning,” he said. “Take care of your fruit and you won’t be inviting bears in for an uninvited meal.”

Even though bear activity is significantly up from last year, 2007 remains the busiest bear year for NDOW. 
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