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`Wall of Shame' designed to help bears at Tahoe
`Wall of Shame' designed to help bears at Tahoe
Sunday, September 4, 2011

(09-04) 17:47 PDT Incline Village, Nev. (AP) --

A group of residents is resorting to a new strategy to help reduce the number of bear-human conflicts in their north Lake Tahoe community.

Several Incline Village residents are photographing business Dumpsters that are not properly closed as required by a local ordinance and posting them with the offenders' names on a Facebook page called the "Lake Tahoe Wall of Shame."

Group leader Mark E. Smith says he thinks bear-human conflicts would drop dramatically at Tahoe if businesses were more conscientious about securing their trash.

He says the killing of a nuisance bruin in July that was captured at an Incline Village shopping center prompted the new effort.

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Lake Tahoe's Wall of Shame: Locals devise digital way to combat trash negligence
Thursday, September 1, 2011
By Matthew Renda

NCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. Nothing evokes the passion of a certain sect of Lake Tahoe residents quite like the issue of black bear management. Nevada's recent legalization of the state's first bear hunt, coupled with the killing of a nuisance bruin in July that was captured in the Raley's parking lot, has inspired some residents to band together to formulate solutions.

While is a formal organization created to oppose the bear hunt, the latest movement to center on bruin issues is more informal, consisting of a handful of local residents who are taking it upon themselves to photograph trash receptacles that are out of compliance with the Incline Village General Improvement District's trash ordinance.

The individuals, led by Mark E. Smith of Incline Village, then post pictures to a Facebook page called Lake Tahoe Wall of Shame.

Currently, there are more than 16 photos of bins with unsecured trash on the page, with a number of comments detailing which specific business is responsible.

Smith believes if people are more conscientious about securing their trash, bear/human interactions would drop dramatically in Lake Tahoe.

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