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Lake Tahoe BEAR League to Build Bear Dens.

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TAHOE CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)

The BEAR League, along with Homewood Mountain Resort and children from the Anthony Robbins Foundation, will team up Thursday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to build dens for problem bears. The group will meet at the Resort's South Lodge in Homewood, California.

In the past, area bears have taken to hibernating in vacation homes on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Many bears, looking for food, end up sleeping in cabin crawl spaces and under decks, surprising weekend visitors and area residents. Bears that destroy property are often reported to the State of California Fish & Game Department, permits are issued and some bears are killed.

"As many know, a fed bear is a dead bear," said Executive Director Ann Bryant of the BEAR League. "Our goal is to save bears and encourage them to hibernate in wilderness areas where they belong."

The dens will be built near Quail Lake on the Homewood Mountain Resort property. Bryant is spearheading the operation and working closely with area biologists to ensure the dens are desirable for bears. According to Bryant, such programs have worked in the Yosemite Region, but this is the first-ever attempt in Lake Tahoe. Bryant, along with BEAR League volunteers, will work side-by-side with Resort employees and more than 20 children, ages 12 to 17 years, from the Anthony Robbins Foundation as part of their week-long Lake Tahoe leadership camp.

The BEAR League, founded in 1998, works to save bears through education, information, intervention and partnership. The organization strives to remind people they can live in harmony with bears.

For more information, contact the BEAR League at 530/525-PAWS or visit their website at www.savebears.org.

For visitor information and lodging, call the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association's Lake Tahoe Central Reservations division at 800/824-6348 or visit their website at www.mytahoevacation.com.
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