July 25, 2014
A sharp increase in bear-human conflicts around Lake Tahoe this summer is prompting a bear advocacy group to consider backcountry food drops for the animals.
Ann Bryant of the Lake Tahoe-based BEAR League says her group is
seeking permission from the California Department of Fish and Game to use food to lure bears away from developed areas.
A lack of precipitation has led to a shortage of natural food, forcing bears into towns in search of human food.
A record 20 bears have died after being hit by vehicles in the Lake Tahoe area so far this year.
Jason Holley of the fish and game agency says feeding bears runs contrary to the department's policy and could cause even more long-term problems for the bruins.
He says no real solution may exist and residents instead must maintain vigilance.