Wildlife Officials Euthanize Tahoe Bear

Glenbrook bear euthanized/courtesy NDOW
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Department of Wildlife officials have destroyed a black bear they say was a public safety threat at Lake Tahoe.

The 3-year-old male was captured for a second time on Sunday in the Glenbrook area on Tahoe's south shore. It was first captured and tagged in late June after reports of a bear attempting to break into homes.

Biologists say the bear showed no fear of humans and also was implicated in the death of a goat.

It's the third bear euthanized by NDOW this year, and experts fear more bear encounters are likely because of a lack of food after two years of drought.

This is the time of year bears dramatically increase their food consumption to prepare for hibernation.