Bear captured at Reno apartment complex, to be released into wild |

Bear captured at Reno apartment complex, to be released into wild

The Union staff and The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. – With some help from Striker the dog, state wildlife officials captured a brown bear that had taken up residence in a culvert at a Reno apartment complex.

Local residents reported Sunday morning that a bear was sleeping in a culvert on the grounds of the Hillview Terrace Apartments just west of Huffaker Hills on the southeast side of Reno.

Reno police and animal control officers had found the bear when Carl Lackey, a state Wildlife Division bear biologist, arrived with his dog Striker.

Striker chased the bear out of the culvert and immediately treed him, Lackey said. The bear was about 7 feet above ground when Lackey shot him with a tranquilizer dart.

The male bear, 200 to 250 pounds and 3 to 4 years old, fell from the tree onto the ground. Lackey described him as a little thin but healthy.

Lackey said the bear was roaming for a place of his own. He said it’s unusual for a bear to be found so far into town. He said the bear is too big to hang around mother bears and their cubs but too small to be with older males.

“He’s small enough he’d get his butt kicked,” Lackey told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

But the bear should be just about the right size for the Hobart Reservoir area high in the Carson Range, west of Carson City, where food is plentiful, Lackey said.

That’s where they planned to release him this week, he said.

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