As the temperatures continue to drop around the Tahoe Basin, bears are in search for extra calories and warm places to sleep. Some bears have their usual spots they like to go during this time of year, even if it means taking up residence under a legendary skier’s hot tub.
For the second year in a row, gold medalist skier Jonny MoseleyÂ has found a bear taking up residence under his Tahoe hot tub. The bear broke through Moseley’s barricade and even scrounged through his car. It’s a typical occurrence for any Tahoe resident:
“Bear update: he took up residence under the hot tub again. He dug under the barricade I put up last winter,” Moseley wrote on Instagram. “Some shovel banging andÂ @electriclappÂ with the farm whistle annoyed him enough to abandon his post. I secured the perimeterâ€¦ one point Moseley. I came out a few mornings later to an open car door and he had made himself at home in the 4Runner â€¦.one point bear.”
The growing bear population in Tahoe has beenÂ heavily documented on this website, with bear-human interactions beingÂ scaryÂ andÂ hilarious, and everything in between. Most Tahoe locals are used to the bears in their neighborhoods and sometimes our furry friends can find shelter in odd locations.
Last year, a bear took up residence under Moseley’s hot tub, becoming a hilarious back and forth battle between human and bear:
In the wintertime, itâ€™s very rare to come across a bear since most are hibernating. But black bears donâ€™t officially hibernate, instead entering a lighter form of hibernation called torpor. In torpor, bears will emerge from their den during mild winter days to look for food.
If you want to hear his full account of his first bear encounter, listen toÂ this episodeÂ of his podcast.