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More Black Bears Roaming the Lake Tahoe Area

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Kellene Stockwell
Channel 2 News

"He was using his claw; see what he wanted," says "Rob."

Rob, who didn't want us to use his last name, is the latest victim of a home invasion and robbery by some unlikely suspects. He came face-to-face with a mama bear and her two cubs Tuesday morning after they broke through his window and rummaged through the fridge. "They were going for the taco meat. They like the taco meat."

BEAR League Executive Director Ann Bryant says her office has been getting more than 200 calls a day regarding nuisance bears in recent months. She says the current drought and the recent Angora Fire are forcing the animals into residential areas to look for food and water. "They are not coming to eat your grandchildren, your parakeet, your poodle. They are going to eat chocolate syrup and peanut butter so remember that and let them know that it's your food. ‘That's my food so get out!'"

500 black bears currently live on the California side of Lake Tahoe. 250 of them live on the Nevada side and despite these recent disturbances people at the BEAR League hope these numbers will stay stable for years to come. "Bears are a lot smarter than most people and we've been having a hard time keeping up with them."

There are some things you can do to keep bears away from your property.

First, make sure you secure your homes and vehicles. Clear food and trash properly. Also, bears tend to shy away from human noise, so it's a good idea to keep your TV or radio on while you are away.

If you have any other questions, you can contact the BEAR League at 530- 525-7297.

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