Bear Living at Tahoe Ski Resort Will Move to Zoo

A black bear named "Heavenly" has become too accustomed to humans to survive in the wild. The bear will now have to be placed in a zoo or animal sanctuary.

The one-year-old bear first found its way to the Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort in March. It was injured at the time, with cuts on its shoulder and paws. It wandered into the ski resort and decided to rest near a chair lift. The area was closed off for several hours until the bear could be tranquilized and transported down the mountain.

Vets at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center helped the bear recover and then brought him back to the wild, to an area 25 miles from Tahoe. They hoped the bear would resume hunting and survive in the wild. But a few days later the bear returned to the ski resort.

Chris Healy, a Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman, said of the bear's return, "It's a disaster for this magnificent animal." Authorities say the bear only has two options, being put down or being sent to a zoo or similar situation.

The following report by KCRA covers the first time the bear was captured at the resort.


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