Nevada Black Bears on Prowl for Food

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's black bears are on the prowl for high calorie comfort food to pack on pounds before winter.

The increased bear activity is keeping biologists with the Nevada Department of Wildlife busy to make sure the hungry bruins don't get into trouble by getting too close to people.

The agency on Wednesday said bears are expanding beyond their normal territories in search of easy pickings such as trash or ripened fruit.

NDOW biologists have set four bear traps around northern Nevada, hoping to capture marauding bears before they get into trouble and become a nuisance.

The plan is to release captured bears with a send-off of rubber bullets to discourage them from venturing into neighborhoods.