RENO, Nev. (AP) — A judge has issued a temporary protective order to keep a Lake Tahoe animal activist away from a state bear biologist who says the woman stalked her in a long-brewing dispute over the capture of nuisance bears at the lake.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports documents filed in Reno Justice Court describe a tense encounter between animal rights activist Carolyn Stark of Incline Village and Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist Heather Reich.
It's the latest in a years-old legal and public relations battle between NDOW and a group of activists who bitterly oppose the state's methods for managing bears.
NDOW Deputy Director Jack Robb says the escalation of the activists' tactics is "alarming and concerning."
Stark denies she stalked the biologist and intends to respond to the court order. A hearing on a possible extension is set for Nov. 7.