CARSON CITY, NV - Nevada celebrates its birthday every year with the Nevada Day Parade down the main drag of the state capital, Carson City. This year, a Sierra Nevada black bear nearly “crashed” the parade.
Early Saturday morning, reports began coming in to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office that there was a bear in east Carson, near Lone Mountain Cemetery (about a half mile from the parade route). KOLO 8 was sent several pictures of the bear in the neighborhood by viewer Regina Nichols.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife reports Carson City sheriff’s personnel controlled a crowd of neighborhood onlookers, while game wardens successfully tranquilized a male black bear in the backyard of a residence near the intersection of Joshua Drive and Slide Mountain.
The bear was large, estimated to weigh more than 400 pounds. It slept off the tranquilizer drugs overnight and was released early Sunday in the hills above Carson City.
Saturday’s bear was the third bear caught in Carson City since Tuesday, October 22. Similar to the bears caught on October 22 and October 23, the bear had never been handled by NDOW.
Bear activity in western Nevada is expected to stay “busy and active” for at least the next few weeks, according to NDOW. Bears are still in the physiological state of hyperphagia, where their in-take of food can increase from 3,000 calories a day to as many as 25,000 calories per day.
“Their one and only job is eating this time of year and they are very good at it,” says black bear biologist Carl Lackey. Sierra Nevada black bears usually go into hibernation between Thanksgiving and Christmas, as food sources become harder to find.
People needing to report nuisance bear activity can call the NDOW Bear Hotline telephone number at (775) 688-BEAR (2327). For more information on living with bears, go to www.ndow.org and find the ”Bear Logic” page on the web.