Wildlife Officials Euthanize Second Black Bear over Public Safety Concerns

Wildlife Officials Euthanize Second Black Bear over Public Safety Concerns

The Nevada Department of Wildlife has caught a female black bear cub near Kingsbury Grade in Stateline early Friday, August 28. The bear was later euthanized as officials said it is a threat to public safety.

The wildlife officials caught a female bear of about 18 months old between Thursday night and Friday morning in the Kingsbury area of Douglas County, near the lake’s South Shore.

Chris Healy, NDOW’s public information officer, said in a statement that the bear was identified as the one that recently was blamed for entering two different houses in the Kingsbury area in search of food.

They do not like killing these creatures but a bear which can enter into a house is dangerous bear and the NDOW is obligated to manage the situation.

“We have an obligation to public safety that we do not take lightly. People have called and asked us to move the bear but we cannot move a bear that we know to be dangerous, that just would not be prudent”, said Healy.

As per officials, this was so far the fifth bear that has been killed by the NDOW in 2015 for the public safety concerns and is the second in a week.

Earlier on Tuesday August 25, a 450-pound male bear was captured in Incline Village on the North Shore and put down.

Healy called Friday’s incident yet another reminder that people should manage garbage better, especially in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

According to NDOW, since 1997, the department has killed 108 bears that were deemed nuisances or public safety threats to the public.