“Aversion” conditioning keeps troublesome bears away

July 24, 2013 at 07:58 AM

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A black bear captured in Verdi after causing property damage will get a rude send off when it's released back into the wild.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife says the 325-pound male was captured Tuesday in a culvert trap. But the big bruin has never been in trouble before and biologists hope to teach it a lesson.

They plan to release it Wednesday near the area where it was captured and give it the full "aversion" conditioning regiment.

Wildlife officials will shoot rubber bullets at the bear and Karelian bear dogs will give chase.

The goal is to make the bear think twice before wandering back to civilization.

The wildlife agency says it has saved about 400 bears using aversion tactics since the technique was first used in the 1990s.

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