Ann Bryant with the Bear League at Lake Tahoe says there's been a spike in reports of bears breaking into homes, both unoccupied and when people are there.
"We’re having calls from people and they’re pretty much freaked out: ‘there’s a bear in my yard’. We’re also having calls from people who have had a bear come into their house. Most often times it’s through a window that they left open when they went to the beach or when they went to bed at night."
Bryant says residents should not leave food or garbage out and make sure homes and vehicles are locked. She says keeping the radio on inside when leaving a residence may also help keep bears out. The Angora fire burned 3,100 acres and destroyed 254 homes in June.