Black Bear preserves bread from Lake Tahoe Campground

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A Lake Tahoe camper conceded “You win” to a black bear who stole food from a cooler after chasing the animal, video taken September 4, 2022 shows.

The bear grabs what is believed to be a loaf of bread from the container at the campground and runs away with it, ViralHog video shows.

The bear hides behind a tree for a moment, but chases the videographer away. “You win,” says the video shooter at the end.

“Tahoe campground black bear getting aggressive towards me,” the licensor wrote in the caption.

Here are the US Forest Service recommendations for dealing with bears in the Lake Tahoe area:

Keep a clean campsite. Store food and garbage out of sight and in closed vehicles.

Never put leftover food or trash in the campfire; it attracts bears and skunks.

Do not keep food, medicine, lip balm, shampoo, or anything that smells bad in tents or sleeping areas.

Store stoves, barbecues and Dutch ovens in a vehicle or in a safe place when not in use. Do not pour used cooking oil or leftover food on the floor.

When camping in the backcountry, hang food and garbage from a tree branch at least 10 feet off the ground and 5 feet from the trunk of the tree. The tree should be at least 100 yards from your sleeping area.

Some bears also target motor oil, insect repellent, alcohol, and other food-like things. Be sure to store these items.

This story was originally published September 14, 2022 10:48 a.m.

David Caraccio is a video producer for The Sacramento Bee who was born and raised in Sacramento. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and a lifelong journalist who has worked for newspapers as a reporter, editor, page designer, and digital content producer.

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