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Bear Activists Threaten to Kill Tahoe Couple

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — A Lake Tahoe couple filed a police report saying they received numerous death threats and harassing messages after reporting problems with a black bear that was captured and euthanized by Nevada wildlife officials. Richard and Adrienne Evans of Incline Village filed the report with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, the same day the bear was killed. The couple says phone threats started coming Wednesday night to their home and Richard Evans’ construction office after wildlife officials installed a trap outside their home. The two say the bear had attempted to break into Adrienne Evans’ car twice in recent weeks and succeeded Tuesday night, causing extensive damage to its interior. She denied having food inside as alleged by critics. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the 263-pound black bear was euthanized because it posed a threat to public safety. He says the animal was captured and released back into the wild earlier this year.

Ann Bryant of the Bear League says members of her citizens group are urged not to break any laws, but “emotions are going to be high as long” as bears are being killed.