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 collection of environmental, fishing and whitewater groups recommends changes to dam management in a new report, issued in response to the failure of the main spillway at Lake Oroville in February.
Traditional methods to cool cows use 11,000 gallons of water per cow per year. UC Davis researchers are trying out new techniques that use less resources.
Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.
A federal water bill that supporters say will streamline dam and water storage projects in California faces an uphill battle in the Senate. One of the largest water suppliers in the state says it's unlikely to support it.
Summertime is a favorite for tourists at Lake Tahoe, but the region's transportation system is not designed for the growing number of people who use it. The TRPA and TERC are coming up with a plan to fix the gridlock and improve the lake's clarity.