Brace yourselves. There is a serious problem taking shape in the Sierra Nevada. (But on occasion, it's seriously cute, too.)
On Wednesday, Nevada Department of Wildlife personnel captured three five-month-old bear cubs on Lake Tahoe's South Shore.
The bears' mother eluded capture but watched as the cubs — two males and a female — were tranquilized and examined. Before release, workers attached identifying ear tags, tattooed the bears' inner lips, affixed microchips to their bodies and took hair samples for DNA.
The cubs were reunited with their mother soon after they woke up.