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 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.
The 19th annual Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival this weekend is expected to bring thousands of visitors to see the stately birds.
The Pacific Storm system brought some slight improvement to drought conditions in California and Nevada last week.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing more than $30 million to California and Nevada native tribes for water quality and environmental restoration projects.
A program will begin soon in the Eldorado National Forest to remove live or dead vegetation to prevent the spread of wildfires.