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Deputies shoot, kill 700- to 800-pound black bear near South Tahoe

Staff report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — El Dorado County Sheriff's Office deputies shot and killed a reportedly aggressive black bear at 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, near Minniconjou and Susquehana drives just outside city limits near Pioneer Trail.

According to a sheriff's office news release, the bear, which weighed 700 to 800 pounds, was disrupting the neighborhood and breaking into multiple residences over the last several weeks.

Deputies attempted to move the bear away from one residence on Wednesday by using loud noises and bean bag guns. The bear did not retreat and instead "moved aggressively toward the deputies' location."

The news release stated that deputies were forced to shoot and kill the bear because its actions endangered the lives of the deputies and residents.

"The Sheriff's Office attempts to take every measure possible to resolve bear incident cases at the lowest level," the sheriff's office stated. "However, when personal safety is in jeopardy, deputies must protect life and maintain safety."

According to the news release, deputies have responded to 177 bear-related calls in the last year, of which 23 were located in the same neighborhood as yesterday's incident.

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Of the 177 bear related calls, all were resolved with the use of non-lethal measures.