From Barely Surviving To Thriving: Bears Make Comeback In Nevada

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Nevada Public Radio | Doug Puppel, Nikole Robinson Carroll | Dec 19, 2017

Credit:Jon Beckmann/Wildlife Conservation Society

After being declared nearly extinct in Nevada in 1979, black bears have staged a comeback in the state, with a population today numbering in the hundreds.

Fanning out east and south from Lake Tahoe, bears are repopulating the Great Basin ranges that hunting, logging, and encroaching civilization drove them from a century ago.

A new study by the University of Nevada, Reno and the Wildlife Conservation Society credits the bears’ return to long-term conservation efforts. Also, modern grazing and forestry practices have allowed for reforestation of historic bear habitats.

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