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Sierra Bears Looking For Food Relocated

An already busy bear season in the Sierra has exploded with six hungry bears captured in one day near Reno and Lake Tahoe, as drought continues to make food scarce.  Nevada wildlife officials trapped a mother bear and two cubs just west of Reno on Wednesday morning, then another mom and two cubs on Tahoe's south shore at Stateline on Wednesday afternoon.

Since July 1, they've caught 42 bears and released all but two back to the wild. Ten have been killed by cars after they moved into more populated areas. State wildlife spokesman Chris Healy said a surge in activity is expected with cooler temperatures this time of year, when a typical bear's food intake jumps from 3,000 to 25,000 calories a day. That's the human equivalent of 83 cheeseburgers.
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Jay Bartos joined Nevada Public Radio in 1993 to develop and manage the state’s first radio reading service for people unable to use standard printed material due to blindness or another disability. After the reading service was discontinued in 2011, he became the afternoon host on KNPR for ten years. Jay can now be heard on air on News 88.9 KNPR and Classical 89.7 KCNV throughout the week.