Euthanized bear leads to death threats for Incline couple
An Incline Village couple said they received death threats after reporting problems with a black bear that was captured and then euthanized Thursday by Nevada wildlife officials.
Richard and Adrienne Evans said they filed a report with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Thursday after receiving numerous threats and harassing messages by telephone and email.
“People have been giving me death threats,” Adrienne Evans said. Evans, whose maiden name is Schneider, is a teacher at Carson High School in Carson City and a well-known mountain bike racer in the Lake Tahoe area.
The issue arises after the Nevada Department of Wildlife trapped a 263-pound male black bear outside the Evans’ Incline Village home early Thursday morning. The bear, which had been tranquilized by the Department of Wildlife once and captured and released again as recently as October, was euthanized as a threat to public safety later in the day, said department spokesman Chris Healy.
The bear had attempted to break into Adrienne Evans’ car twice in recent weeks and on Tuesday night succeeded in doing so, causing extensive damage to the vehicle’s interior, the couple said. She denied having food inside the vehicle as alleged by critics. The bear had also walked into an enclosed entry way at the couple’s upstairs condominium on several occasions, the couple said.
The bear has slept in a nearby culvert and was being fed nightly by a neighbor, Adrienne Evans said. She said she has photos documenting the activity. Feeding wildlife is illegal and the Department of Wildlife intends to issue a written warning to the responsible individual, Healy said. Repeated violations could lead to fines.
After the vehicle was damaged Tuesday night, the Evans decided to contact the Department of Wildlife because they believed officials there have the best expertise to deal with such a situation.
The bear was put down due to its evident behavior, Healy said. It was the fifth bear to be killed by the Department of Wildlife this summer due to public safety concerns...