Residents Blamed for Bear's Death at Tahoe

Residents who improperly dispose of trash are to blame for the fatal shooting of a bear by authorities last week at Lake Tahoe.

That's the word from Nevada Department of Wildlife officials, who say the bear had been getting into trash for at least two years in the Incline Village neighborhood where it was shot.

The 660-pound animal was shot after it wandered Thursday into a home through an open window and lunged at a Washoe County sheriff's deputy.

Under NDOW's policy, bears that break into homes must be euthanized.

NDOW officials say the bear killed Thursday had been a nuisance in past years, but had never posed a threat to humans.

They say the bear kept getting into garbage but some residents failed to respond.

With a growing population encroaching on their turf at Lake Tahoe, bears have adapted, and many have adopted a diet of human food.

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