Young Bear Caught, Mom Sought

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada wildlife officials have trapped a furry, 100-pound chicken rustler and now they are looking for his mom.

State wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says a mother black bear and a 15-month-old yearling attacked and ate 17 chickens the past week in Washoe City south of Reno.

Authorities trapped the young bear early Wednesday and set it out next to another trap covered with molasses and cheesecake in an
attempt to draw out its mother.

Healy says they hope to tranquilize both bears, mark them and release them back into the mountains. He says there's no plans
euthanize either of the bears at this time because they have not yet posed a threat to public safety.

Healy says the department expects above-average bear contact this year because of the dry winter.

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