A male black bear was euthanized Friday in Genoa for attacking livestock. The bear, estimated to be 6 years old, had been handled by the Nevada Department of Wildlife personnel two other times before Friday.
On April 29 of this year, a bear killed four goats inside an enclosure in Genoa. A trap was set and a bear was caught, but it could not be determined if the bear that had been captured had killed the livestock.
Because a positive identification of the offending bear could not be made, the bear in the trap, wearing ear tag “Yellow No. 43” was taken to an area about 80 miles south of Gardnerville and released.
The bear first received its identifying ear tag in March of 2013 when it was captured near a lambing area in Jacks Valley, just north of Genoa.
The bear returned to Genoa this past week, punched a hole in the side of a small barn and entered the enclosure, killing two goats.
The offending bear was caught in a NDOW trap Friday morning and, once it was properly identified, was euthanized by Department of Wildlife personnel.
This is the first bear killed in 2014 for depredating on livestock. Two bears were euthanized in 2013 for the same reason.
Anyone needing to report nuisance bear activity can call the NDOW’s bear hotline telephone number at (775) 688-BEAR.
For information on living with bears residents can go to www.ndow.org and find the ”Bear Logic” page on the web.