Rogue bear shot and killed in Tahoe City
A bear believed to be responsible for the rash of home break-ins in the Tahoe City area was shot and killed Thursday morning.
The residential areas east of Tahoe City had seen a number of reported bear break-ins, approximately one per day over the past month, according to a release from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
The department said that Ann Bryant, director of the BEAR League, indicated that the bear had been very aggressive in his determination to get into homes for food. In the process, he often destroyed solid doors.
The BEAR League, a private organization dedicated to bear welfare and public education, installed surveillance equipment and obtained photographs of the responsible bear, an approximately 600-pound, dark-colored male.
On Thursday, the manager of a local condominium complex sought guidance from authorities regarding the legalities of standing guard at the condos to shoot the bear should it return, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
After at least 11 condos in the complex had been reported being broken into by the same bear within the past week, a permit to kill the animal was issued by the California Department of Fish and Game.
Thursday morning, the manager said the bear exited a condominium and it was shot and killed. A sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene. Bryant confirmed it was the same bear believed responsible for the series of break-ins.
Although the death of the bear should decrease reports of break-ins, “residents need to remember that this is still bear country and precautions should be taken to avoid attracting these animals to their homes,” the Sheriff’s release said.