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Bear released near Spooner Summit

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A 500-pound black bear is released at Spooner Summit on Friday evening.

A 500-pound male black bear was released near Spooner Summit on Friday after being tranquilized and trapped near a campground in Zephyr Cove.

It was the first time this large male had been captured, according to NDOW biologist Carl Lackey.

With ripening fruit trees in Western Nevada, residents living near the wilderness should expect increased incursions by bears.

Armed with a sense of smell that is 2,100 times better than a human's, black bears can tell when it is time to venture down the hill into places like the western edges of the Carson Valley (Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa).

"Fruit trees are a major attraction for Nevada's black bears," Lackey said. "During this time of year and especially during this drought, fruit is on their radar."

The pace of bear activity and the sightings of those bears along the edges of western Nevada's cities are only going to increase as summer rolls towards fall.

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"We are not trying to create panic by advising people of these potential bear encounters," says NDOW Public Information Officer Chris Healy. "We are trying to create tolerance amongst people living in these urban interface areas. They need to be bear aware and do what they can to keep bears alive and wild. Part of that responsibility means managing fruit crops and the weekly trash better."

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