Hank the Tank: How to stop a 500-pound bear from breaking into your home?

South Lake Tahoe resident “Hank the Tank” is a 500-pound black bear known for breaking into his neighbors’ refrigerators. Photo courtesy of Bear League.

An interloper has menaced the homes of South Lake Tahoe for months, breaking and entering nearly 30 houses so far. He’s an enormous black bear, weighing 500 pounds, and is named Hank the Tank. Residents have called the cops on him more than 100 times. 



  • Ann Bryant - executive director of The Bear League