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Those Bathing Bears Aren't Cute. They're Climate Change Victims

Posted On: Sep 22, 2021   |   Posted By: The New Republic

Climate has always been one of Lake Tahoe's biggest selling points. Nevada is infamously inhospitable to everyone but Elvis impersonators and California is always burning. But North America's largest alpine lake, which straddles the line between the arid states, stays mild year-round. Its townies, tourists, and resident wildlife were unprepared when a recent heatwave broke seven temperature records. On Sunday, as the mercury approached 90 degrees (more than ten degrees above the typical summer peak), the masses took to the beaches of South Lake Tahoe, where a mother bear and three cubs made the unusual decision to join them. A viral video shows the animals lumbering past vacationers and into the frigid lake-the second such incident this summer. Watching the footage, it seems the bears were desperate; their need for relief overpowered their aversion to humans. (Then again, the four-legged family may have also been suffering from a mysterious new encephalitis that causes “dog-like behavior” and “fearlessness”...

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