Bears Costing Big Bucks

Calls about nuisance bears are taking a big bite out of the Nevada Department of Wildlife's budget this summer. And that's prompting state officials to ask Washoe and Douglas counties for some financial help.

With the drought causing streams to go dry in the backcountry, bears have been coming into neighborhoods in and out of the basin in record numbers.

Over the past two months, the state agency has responded to 615 bear calls in Washoe and Douglas counties, more than 400 of those
in August.

The figures are in a report N-D-O-W Director Kenneth Mayer and Game Division Chief Russ Mason intend to present Tuesday to the Washoe County Board of Commissioners. They hope it will support their request for up to $50,000 in assistance.

In 2006, nuisance black bear management in Washoe and Douglas counties cost NDOW $111,000. In 2007, costs will increase about 50
percent to approximately $167,000.

The agency intends to approach Douglas County later this month,
and possibly Carson City as well.