Increased Bear Activity Expected in Lake Tahoe Region. Here’s How to Avoid Human-Bear Conflicts.

As the snow begins to melt in the Lake Tahoe region, wildlife experts are reminding residents and visitors to be vigilant as bears emerge from their winter dens, hungry and in search of food.

Black bears, having spent the winter in a state of hibernation, are now on the lookout for easily accessible food sources to rebuild their fat reserves. With their body mass naturally decreased after winter, bears will instinctively seek out areas with fresh greens, such as grasses and forbs, which may bring them into neighborhoods.

To prevent human-bear conflicts, the Tahoe Interagency Bear Team (TIBT) urges residents to clean up and secure bear attractants, including bird feeders. As the snow melts, it’s essential to dig out bear boxes for garbage disposal and ensure vehicles and buildings are properly secured to prevent bears from accessing food.

Bears play a crucial role in the ecosystem of Lake Tahoe, contributing to natural processes like seed dispersal and insect control. However, the presence of human food and garbage can negatively impact their health and disrupt these processes.

If residents or visitors encounter bears that appear unhealthy or orphaned, they are encouraged to report their concerns to wildlife professionals at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) or the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). Responsible coexistence with bears is essential for maintaining a healthy and wild Lake Tahoe ecosystem.

To report human-bear conflicts or bear health concerns, individuals can contact CDFW at 916-358-2917 or NDOW at 775-688-BEAR (2327). For immediate threats, individuals should call the local sheriff’s department or 911.

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