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Tahoe visitor files legal action after being caught by bear in dumpster


INCLINE VILLAGE, Nevada – A visitor to Lake Tahoe has filed a complaint after sustaining injuries while trying to escape a bear he encountered while opening a dumpster.

The Times Herald, Bay Area News Group, reported Friday that the man filed a lawsuit last week against a Condominium and Waste Management association in Washoe County, alleging that a bear-proof latch was faulty and that none of the agencies were did nothing to fix the problem until the man was injured.

According to the report, a Davis, Calif. Man and his wife rented a property in the Incline Crest condo complex during Labor Day week in 2019.

The man was apparently walking his dog on the grounds and went to a trash can to dispose of the droppings and “had to play” with the latch. Upon opening the dumpster he was immediately surprised by a bear and as he tried to escape the man fell to the ground and tore his Achilles tendon which required a surgical intervention.

The report also states that he also underwent back surgery following the fall.

He goes on to say that residents year round were aware of the problem, but the complainant was not notified.

The report says the man is seeking $ 15,000 in compensatory damages, plus unspecified punitive damages and court costs.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune is a sister publication of the Sierra Sun

A problem bear in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Digs through garbage and food in an open dumpster.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent file photo

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