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Troublesome black bear with penchant for home improvement put down in Tahoe

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I understand, but hate hearing about, the need for us to put down troublesome wildlife in national parks. It’s an unfortunate byproduct of decades of not knowing how to manage large predators (but implementing policy anyway) combined with vexing federal bureaucracy and a pinch of man’s intrinsic arrogance of existence.

We have inserted ourselves into the natural balance. Back out now, and only more hell will break loose.

In the Lake Tahoe area this week, up around Incline Village, a bear had to be killed after it ripped off some siding from a resident’s home. It also got into the trash. There was no comment about how this bear managed to outwit the critter-proof canister I’m certain the homeowner has in place. (Ahem.)

As is the case with just about every one of these bear euthanization tales, I can’t help but laugh when the folks in charge summarize the situation thusly: “It lost its fear of humans.”

Gasp. We can’t have that, can we?

I guess some folks in the Tahoe area only like their bears when they’re made of wood and nailed to their garage roofs as playful totems to remind tourists of just how wild and wonderful the Sierra Nevada can be.

Sarcasm aside, many in the Tahoe area are very bear aware and campaign regularly (albeit Ed Abbey style) for a more peaceful coexistence.

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