September 21, 2014
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.