Activist for bears cleared |

Activist for bears cleared

Susan Wood

With trespassing charges dropped Thursday, BEAR League Director Ann Bryant said she’s looking forward to living in harmony with people and animals.

Bryant submitted an apology in El Dorado County Superior Court for removing a rogue bear from Rubicon resident Helen Bornholtz’s property last September.

“I’m happy. I’ve got things to do now. The bears are awake and running all over,” she said Thursday afternoon.

Bryant attributes the support she received from the community to the public’s innate desire to “want to help baby animals.”

As far as her relationship with Bornholtz, Bryant’s attorney Dave Devore said his client is no longer welcome on the property. But Bryant has no desire to go there anyway, he added.

Bryant believes a day will come when the two will reconcile. Both live on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.

The civil compromise follows another resolution with California Fish and Game in January, when charges Bryant illegally took and possessed an emaciated bear cub were dismissed.

She was trying to save the cub when she removed it from Squaw Valley Ski Area in March 2000.

Her take on this case?

Bryant suggested the state agency wanted to get the case off its plate because it didn’t want to get embroiled in the community’s unrest over the allegations.

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