It’s a bear battalion! Hank the Tank turns out to be 3 bears

DNA proof now reveals that the 500-pound black bear the general public had nicknamed “Hank the Tank” is, the truth is, at the very least three not-so-little bears who’ve broken greater than 30 properties round Lake Tahoe in current months.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Hank the Tank is definitely a three-bear battalion.

DNA proof now reveals that the 500-pound black bear the general public had nicknamed “Hank the Tank” is, the truth is, at the very least three not-so-little bears who’ve broken greater than 30 properties round Lake Tahoe in current months.

The state Division of Fish and Wildlife on Thursday stated it can quickly start trapping bears within the South Lake Tahoe space to tag the animals and gather proof for genetic evaluation. The bears can be launched in a “appropriate habitat” and the company stated no trapped animals can be euthanized as a part of the mission.

The bears are accountable for greater than 150 incident stories within the area straddling Northern California and Nevada, together with a break-in at a residence within the Tahoe Keys neighborhood final week.

One of many Hanks smashed a window Friday, Feb. 18, and squeezed into the home on Catalina Drive whereas the residents had been at house, CBS Sacramento reported. Police responded and banged on the skin of the home till Hank exited out the again door and disappeared into the woods.

Often known as Jake or Yogi or just Massive Man, the then-solo bear was what one wildlife official described as a “severely meals habituated bear” that has “misplaced all worry of individuals” and thinks of them as a meals supply.

“What’s problematic about this bear is how giant it’s,” Peter Tira, a spokesman for the California Division of Fish and Wildlife, advised SF Gate on Sunday. “It is realized to make use of that dimension and power to interrupt into quite a lot of occupied residences, bursting by way of the storage door or entrance door.”

As soon as the trapping efforts start, the three Hanks — at the very least — might nicely kind a brigade.

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