Ninety-five percent of the nearly 500 complaints the department received were about bears in garbage. Seventy percent of those were in Washoe County.
The report also finds that bears caused about $24,000 dollars in property damage and notes that the drought conditions could lead to even more human-bear conflicts next year, as bears may not have as much to eat.
The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners Bear Committee will meet Friday morning to talk about the report and consider possible changes to the controversial hunting season for black bears in the state.
The report shows demand for bear hunting tags has nearly doubled since the hunt began three years ago. Only 45 tags are available and only 20 bears can be taken each year. But applications for tags increased from about 1,100 in 2011 to more than 2,000 last year.
Legislation introduced in the California state Assembly would create the Lower American River Conservancy to improve, protect, preserve and possibly expand the 5,000-acre American River Parkway.
Film makers and environmental activists are set to arrive in Nevada City and Grass Valley this week for the 14th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
Record rainfall in parts of California, fueled in part by El Niño, won't end the state's historic four-year drought.
The Nevada city of Sparks has decided to stop trapping and killing beavers along the North Truckee Drain and seek a non-lethal alternative to remove them.
A movement around the U.S. encourages people to skip the shopping malls Friday and spend time in nature. Some national parks and state parks in California are waiving entry fees.