Tahoe Camper Survives Bear Scare
Nevada state officials Thursday (July 24) closed the Marlette Peak Campground along the Tahoe Rim Trail after a camper reported being “stepped on” by a black bear while he slept in his tent.
“It’s probably a smart precaution until we see if there’s any other problems in the area,” said Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy. He said the closure through July 29 is a precaution, and stressed that the camper’s encounter is not considered an attack.
“The odds are, the camper may not have had food in his tent, but may have had it right next to it.”
The camper, a teenager from the San Francisco Bay area, reported that he had set up camp Monday night and was awakened around 4 a.m. Tuesday by a bear “falling” over his tent, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
“We’re surmising maybe the bear was pushing on the backpack next to the tent when it fell over,” Healy said.
Described as small and around 200 pounds, the bear stepped on the camper through the tent, giving him a bloody nose.
The bear scampered off when the camper yelled at it to go away.
“It doesn’t fit the description of an attack,” Healy said.
Wildlife officials said the hiker continued his mountain trek, camped another night, and didn’t report the incident until Wednesday.
He did not seek medical treatment.
Healy said there were no plans to try to find the bear.
“If there’s further incidents, we’ll have to take further steps,” he said.