Bear caught Sunday in Glenbrook euthanized
August 5, 2013
A 3-year-old male black bear, trapped on Sunday near Glenbrook was euthanized as a threat to public safety by the Nevada Department of Wildlife Monday morning.
"This was the second time since late June that we have handled this bear and, based on its lack of fear of humans and the fact that it continues to be too comfortable around humans, we made the decision to euthanize it," said NDOW biologist Carl Lackey.
The bear was first captured by state game wardens in the Glenbrook area on June 24 amid reports of a bear attempting to break into homes.
Since it could not be confirmed that this was the bear doing the damage, it was released after being fitted with an identifying ear tag in the mountains above Lake Tahoe on June 25.
By June 28 it was photographed by a homeowner in the Galena area where the bear was suspected in multiple property damage incidents.
"One person in that Galena neighborhood tried to shoo the bear away from his house but the bear actually tried to follow him during this encounter," emphasized Lackey. "This kind of behavior shows a level of habituation to humans that can be very dangerous."
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The Glenbrook area started seeing increased bear activity in mid-July with property damage reports leading to the setting of traps in the area.
The bear that was euthanized was caught in a trap on Sunday and it fit the description of a bear in the area that was displaying "no fear of humans," said Lackey.
The bear had been reported as the one that had broken into an out building and was implicated in the death of a goat.
NDOW has euthanized three bears for public safety reasons since the first of the year.
In January a bear in Washoe Valley was breaking into structures and displaying bold behavior. In May, in Incline Village, a bear broke into the occupied home of a 92 -year -old woman.
In that same time period 22 bears have been handled and released, many of them receiving the aversive conditioning treatment that NDOW uses to deter bears from becoming habituated to humans.
A 3-year-old male caught near Glenbrook was released on July 24 in the Sweetwater Mountains in July. A 3-year-old female bear caught on Kingsbury Grade was released on Thursday morning.
Western Nevada just experienced the hottest July in recorded history and has been in drought for the last two years. Lackey says that the bears will soon dramatically increase their food consumption in an effort to put on layers of fat in preparation for hibernation in late November or early December.
"We will see more and more bears searching for food. It is the responsibility of people living in bear country to not attract the bears by poorly handling garbage or leaving other attractants like bird and pet food available."
Anyone needing to report nuisance bear activity can call the NDOW's Bear Hotline telephone number at (775) 688-BEAR (2327). For information on living with bears persons can go to http://www.ndow.org and find the "Bear Logic" page on the website.