SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Bear advocates are voicing opposition to a state wildlife bear management strategy.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports bears are captured, tagged and released for a variety of reasons. Data for 2015 shows two out of a dozen bears taken by hunters were tagged, down from the nine out of 18 last year.
Tahoe BEAR League executive director Ann Bryant said the state wildlife policy sets bears up to fail. She suggested that problem bears are relocated to areas where they may be hunted.
Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says bears are not moved so they can be hunted. He said the focus needs to be on ensuring trash is picked up to prevent issues with bears.
Waste management officials are considering policy revisions.