Bear caught in Ranchos is released |

Bear caught in Ranchos is released

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

Karelian Bear Dog “Rooster” in pursuit of the black bear.
Courtesy of John Axtell / NDOW | Nevada Appeal

Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy said Saturday that the male yearling bear tranquilized the previous morning at a home in the Gardnerville Ranchos was released later that evening.

Healy said the bear was released by biologists using “aversive” conditioning methods, including the firing of rubber buckshot and pursuit by a Karelian bear dog.

The goal was to chase the bear from its trap and frighten it away from subdivisions and human developments.

“We have the most success with aversion conditioning on bears like this. They are young and respond to the aversion treatment. The rubber buckshot and the bear dogs chasing them make an impression that will hopefully keep them wild,” NDOW biologist Carl Lackey said Friday.

The bear is estimated to weigh 80 to 100 pounds.

To report a nuisance bear, call NDOW’s Bear Hotline at 775-688-BEAR.