Authorities say Tahoe Fire Bringing Out Bears

Authorities around South Lake Tahoe say they're getting numerous calls about nuisance black bears, and they believe the increased calls stem from the Angora fire.

The fire in June burned 3,100 acres and destroyed 254 homes.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Sergeant Les Lovell says the fire also destroyed bear habitat. Authorities think that's why there's been a spike in reports of bears breaking into homes, both unoccupied and when people are there.

The sheriff's office says it is working with state wildlife officials and other nonprofit groups to try to address the issue.

But they also urge residents and visitors to make sure homes and vehicles are locked and not to leave food and garbage out.

Authorities say leaving a radio on inside when leaving a residence may help dissuade bears from breaking in.

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