They also captured a mother bear and two cubs in a Carson City neighborhood on Monday but were optimistic the trio could be returned to the wild.
The 350-pound bear that had to be destroyed at Lake Tahoe made its way through the parking lot Sunday afternoon at the Raley’s Center off Highway 28, Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist Carl Lackey said. He said it walked right up to people sitting at a table outside a restaurant, the Wild Alaskan.
“This bear was just way too bold,” Lackey told the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. He said it was a repeat offender that first was captured by wildlife officials in Incline Village in 2008 and then again last year in Carson City.
Wildlife officials teamed with Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies to tranquilize the bear, he said.
In Carson City, NDOW spokesman Chris Healy said the mother bear and two cubs first wandered into the neighborhood on Sunday. One cub was caught in a trap Sunday night near West Washington Street about a mile west of the state capitol. Wildlife biologists tranquilized the other two bears on Monday.
Healy said a state tattoo shows the mother had been captured and released in 2004.
He said they’ll do an investigation to see if she’s been in any other trouble. If she’s not a “problem bear,” he says the three probably will be returned to the wild as soon as Tuesday.