Dumpster-diving bears take advantage of city evacuated over threat of California wildfire – New York Post

The Caldor Fire isn’t the only thing running wild through California.

Video from an evacuated Lake Tahoe tourist city showed dumpster-diving bears and other wild critters making the most of deserted streets — as the wildfire raged just miles away.

Bear Lake Tahoe
The town would usually be full of summer visitors.
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The animals were filmed Tuesday as they casually meandered through the mostly empty South Lake Tahoe, a resort city that would usually be bustling with summer tourists.

The bears nonchalantly rummaged through dumpsters, scattering food around them, and calmly crossed empty streets, with coyotes also seen strolling about.

coyotes roam free in Lake Tahoe
A coyote roams free in Lake Tahoe.
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That afternoon, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Henry Herrera had told KGO-TV that the Caldor Fire was just 3 miles outside of South Lake Tahoe, which had been evacuated Monday, at least of its human occupants.

Roughly 22,000 residents had jammed the city’s main artery for hours after they were ordered to leave, with officials saying only a handful of residents defied the evacuation order.

Two firefighters create a fuel break as the Caldor Fire burns near homes in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Two firefighters create a fuel break as the Caldor Fire burns near homes in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
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By Wednesday, thick smoke had enveloped the city as firefighters scrambled to keep the wildfire at bay amid low humidity, dry fuel and gusts up to 30 mph.

With Post wires

bear Lake Tahoe
The bears nonchalantly rummaged through dumpsters, scattering food around them, and calmly crossed empty streets.
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