"Does it make sense to have a bear hunt in a mountain range that is so heavily used by recreationists and so close to urban areas?" Ansari asked. She also questioned why Lake Tahoe residents are not properly represented on the wildlife panel. The nine-member wildlife commission features three members from Las Vegas, two from Reno, one from Carson City, and one each from Eureka, Ely and Dyer. "I'm wondering how much input they have from those of us living with the bears at Lake Tahoe," Ansari said. Many people who live in Tahoe have formed a deep emotional affinity with the animals, said Kathryn Bricker, a Zephyr Cove resident who has collected more than 500 signatures on a petition opposing the bear hunt. "As the wild mustangs are to many, and gorillas were to Diane Fossey, the Nevada black bears are to many of us who reside in bear habitat -- intelligent, awe-inspiring creatures that we consider a part of our extended family," she said. "We learn from them and love them, and we want to see them treated kindly."