HOMEWOOD, Calif. — On Monday morning, Placer County Sheriff's deputies found the body of a bear that was shot and killed on a beach in Homewood, according to a Channel 4 News report and BEAR League Executive Director Ann Bryant.
The California Department of Fish and Game is investigating and has the bear's carcass at a forensics lab in Rancho Cordova, but no bullet has been recovered as of Tuesday afternoon, Bryant said.
The Department of Fish and Game has not confirmed the identity of the shooter, according to the Channel 4 report.
The state agency did not return a request for comment Tuesday.
The bear, named “Sunny,” was the mascot of the Homewood-based BEAR League, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bear safety and awareness at Lake Tahoe, Bryant said.
“This was a bear that was very much loved. She was a gentle, sweet bear. She was a neighbor,” Bryant said.
There is no evidence the bear was trying to break into a house, Bryant said.
More official details will be published as they become available.