Goings-on with black bears in the Tahoe Basin and beyond Returning Tahoe Evacuees, Visitors Urged to Secure Properties, Resist Providing Food, Water to Bears September 9, 2021 Property damage caused by black bears in South Lake Tahoe during the Caldor Fire evacuation. CDFW photo. Caldor Fire evacuees returning to the South Lake and West Shore areas of Lake Tahoe should be aware that bears have been seeking out human food sources during the evacuation and taking advantage of the lack of human presence. As you approach your residence, look and listen carefully for signs that a bear has been or is in your home. If a bear is in your home, call 911. Do not attempt to chase it out yourself. Your safety is your responsibility! The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages residents to make repairs to damage caused by bears as soon as possible. Easy access and a food reward encourages bears to keep coming back looking for more. Never leave food or water out for bears. It is illegal, for one, and can lead to escalating problem behaviors such as break-ins and human-bear contact that may result in death of that bear. Learn more about how to keep the Tahoe Basin’s black bears healthy and wild in the aftermath of the Caldor Fire here: wildlife.ca.gov/News/returning-tahoe-evacuees-visitors-urged-to-secure-properties-resist-providing-food-and-water-to-bears The following CDFW images show some of the additional property damage caused by black bears in South Lake Tahoe during the Caldor Fire evacuation. Continue reading... Categories: South Lake Tahoe, Wildfire Tagged: Lake TahoeCaldor FireBlack BearsHuman-Bear ConflictsKeep Tahoe Bears Wild!