Move over Goldilocks, Lake Tahoe bears are not waiting for you and your friends to get off the beach. This momma bear and her cubs are ready for a swim and a snack.
Visit Lake Tahoe this summer and you may get a peek at our favorite forest neighbors. Three Tahoe black bears visited Pope Beach on Thursday to the surprise and delight of many two legged visitors. Beach-goers respectfully maintained their distance as the trio cooled off in the water then made their way to the picnic area for a treat.
Lake Tahoe bears are a wonder to behold but let me caution you. Bears can be extremely dangerous to human beings if you get in a confrontation with them. People can be very dangerous to Lake Tahoe bears if you feed them. When bears become comfortable around people they are emboldened and will continue to visit populated areas placing people at risk. If a bear creates a nuisance, authorities will tag and re-locate the bear to a more remote habitat. If the bear continues to frequent areas populated with human beings, the bear could end up being euthanized. So please, do not encourage bears to co-habit with people by feeding them, this could ultimately lead to their demise.
Come visit Lake Tahoe during the summer and you may get a peak at one of our forest neighbors. It is certainly an unforgettable experience. Visit http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/08/04/mama-bear-2-cubs-join-the-crowd-at-lake-tahoe-beach/ to learn more about momma & her two cubs at Pope Beach.