Young bears active in Lake Tahoe Basin

A young bear goes through trash on Memorial Day in a N. Upper Truckee neighborhood.

With the traditional start of summer and with warmer weather and fewer coronavirus restrictions, many campgrounds are opening and visitor numbers are increasing in the Lake Tahoe Basin. With this activity comes more human food, more garbage, and more people sharing space with bears.

This is also a time when some mother bears (sows) are accompanied by very small cubs, born in January or February. These cubs of the year are following their mothers to learn their way in the wild and will likely separate from the sow in one year. Other sows have yearlings with them that were born in winter dens over a year ago and are about to be cut loose by mom so she can search for a mate for the summer breeding cycle. These yearlings of variable sizes are well equipped to make it on their own.

Young bears active in Lake Tahoe Basin

A young bear roams through a N. Upper Truckee neighborhood on Memorial Day.