But is it in locals' imaginations that they now seem to see ravens all over town?
The answer, apparently, is no.
“Ravens' numbers have exploded,” said Will Richardson, co-executive director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. “They are very clever. They're very smart. They are very good at exploiting any niche they can find.”
Janice Follmer, a 20-year-resident of Crystal Bay, said she has noticed more ravens in the area over the past few years.
“They freaked me out,” said Follmer, who said she often passed a few of the birds while walking her dog, who recently died. “They're kind of scary. They just watch you. My old dog didn't move very fast and I thought they could just take my dog away.
Ah Mother Nature, I love you.