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Department of Wildlife says to 'Be Bear Aware'

According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), bear complaints have risen sharply in the last ten years, due in part to the increase in people living in bear habitat.

NDOW recognizes that bears rummaging through garbage cans or foraging on fruit trees may constitute a nuisance, and frighten residents. But, first, it is the residents' responsibility to remove or make the attractant inaccessible before further steps are taken by NDOW.

As many homeowners have found out, bears are opportunistic and will eat anything that becomes available, including garbage. Why? Drought conditions or other climatic occurrences may limit the quantity …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Apr 2, 2008 04:01PM Published Apr 2, 2008 03:00AM Copyright 2008 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.