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.
A new study shows fire-fighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation's military bases, airports and industrial sites.
Update 8:00 p.m. Sunday: Crews are making "good progress" on the Cold Fire in Yolo County, now at 60% containment. In Monterey County, the Soberanes Fire remains at 45% containment with wind creating an additional challenge for firefighters.
The Soberanes Fire near Big Sur is burning in a rugged area that hasn't "seen fire in decades." The wildfire is 45 percent contained at 57,500 acres.
When urbanites encounter honey bees, some run away in fear while others dream of honey. Two women are on a mission to help people feel more at ease with bees while boosting the urban ecosystem.
The drought intensified over the last week in the Western U.S. as the region swelters under a heatwave and firefighters battle major wildfires.