INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Nevada wildlife officials say they've been forced to kill a bear at Lake Tahoe that was posing a growing danger at a state park at Sand Harbor just south of Incline Village.
Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the two-year-old black bear entered the parking area at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Thursday morning and raided a cooler the back of a Jeep with an open top. He says initial efforts to scare the bear away failed until a park ranger shot the bear with non-lethal rounds.
The 150-pound bear finally left the area, but returned within an hour, walking near the visitor's center for another two hours before additional efforts to scare it off succeeded.
Wildlife officials set a trap for the bear, captured it early Friday and euthanized it by lethal injection Friday evening.