“They don’t usually run real fast, so if you see movement on the side, slow down,” she said. “Be paying attention, for crying out loud.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s real high for this early in the year,” Bryant said, noting that seven bears have been hit on Highway89 this year. “Usually, we have that number in September and October,” she told the Sierra Sun. Bryant said more bears are coming down to the Truckee River or Lake Tahoe because mountain creeks and streams are drying up. “The animals have not evolved to know how to stop and look both ways,” Bryant said. “For right now, we have to be responsible and realize that we’re tampering with nature here.” Bryant said drivers should pay attention to the sides of the roads and look for movement during the day, or reflecting eyes at night. TRUCKEE – A record 20 bears have been killed by vehicles in the Lake Tahoe area so far this year, including two struck last week on Highway89 near the Truckee River. One bear was hit and killed on Thursday while trying to cross the highway to reach the river between Truckee and Tahoe City. Another was struck and injured on Wednesday. A sheriff’s deputy euthanized him because his wounds were too severe, BEAR League Executive Director Ann Bryant said. The previous record was 19 bears hit in 2005.