Tahoe bear killing: Man gets 2 years probation, 200 hours community service | SierraSun.com

Tahoe bear killing: Man gets 2 years probation, 200 hours community service

Sebastian Foltz

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The man who admitted to illegally shooting a juvenile bear in a South Lake Tahoe neighborhood last summer was sentenced in El Dorado County Superior Court, Friday, March 18.

Gilbert Wetenkamp, 75, was given two years probation after pleading no contest on Friday, March 11. The court also ordered Wetenkamp to complete 200 hours of community service, preferably involving work with animals in some capacity.

Terms include giving up any firearms in his possession. Future wildlife issues on his property must be handled by the El Dorado County or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Violation of the terms of his probation could lead to a six-month jail term and a $2,084 fine.

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wetenkamp shot the bear from his garage in July 2015 after the bear had repeatedly broken into his home. The bear fled the area, later dying.

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