Documentary follows local black bears

Riley McClaughry

To highlight problems black bears in Tahoe are having existing in a popular tourist area, local filmmaker and photographer Riley McClaughry made the documentary “The Backyard Bears.”

The wildlife documentary features more than 57 days of McClaughry following bears and bear families in the wild — and the not-so-wild, Dumpster diving. He was careful not to stalk, but to keep his distance and learn the daily habits of bears when possible. The 12-minute film shot throughout the region from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe is available online. |