RENO, NV - Wildlife officials will be releasing the black bear that was caught in Incline Village Wednesday night. They don't know for sure if it's the one they were looking for that caused a stir.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife set the trap after residents complained about a female bear that was getting into cars and damaging the side of a home.
The trap caught a 250 lb., three-year-old bear. Today, NDOW identified that bear as a male. Since wildlife officials aren't sure whether the troublemaking bear they were intially after actually was a female - and because they have no previous record of the one caught - they're going to let it go.
"So was it the target bear? It probably was, although we can't say definitively," says Chris Healy, spokesperson for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. "And part of our policy in dealing with these kinds of bears tells us that we have a little bit of wiggle room. if we're not sure, then we don't have to euthanize the bear."
NDOW says people assumed the bear that was causing problems was female because it appeared there were two cubs with it. They will not say where the bear will be released on Friday.