So on Friday the 8th I was on my way to work and there were wildlife wardens and dogs and lots of men with tranquilizers and guns in the wetlands by my house. Our first thought was maybe there was a mountain lion in town or something (coyotes are too small for that kind of attention). Nope, a bear. A 350 pound black bear and apparently it was caught 1 block from my house in someone's back yard. Wouldn't you just freak!? You're having a slow morning, having a cup of coffee with the paper, you open the curtains and BEAR! I don't know about you but I think I might pee myself right there if it were my house. It's not like I live in the mountains or a forest or something. I live in Reno, population 220,000+ (not including adjoining Sparks with population 90,000-ish). I expect birds, neighborhood cats, and even the coyote or two (though that last one not in my actual yard). But a bear?
Oh, don't worry about the bear, though. As a first time offender with no injuries to people it can be tagged and released back into the wild, hopefully with a lesson learned.
This photo is from the Reno Gazette Journal, not me. Tranquilized or not I'm not getting that close to a bear!