Brazen bear has last meal
KINGS BEACH – A woman was reading in her North Shore home late Sunday night when a large black bear pressed itself against her front picture window.
Deanna Marsh yelled to try to scare it away, but the 500-pound animal broke into the Tahoe Vista home and headed straight toward the kitchen, where it tore apart the room looking for and eating food. The family fled the residence through a bedroom window and called the police from a neighbor’s house.
Authorities had trouble getting the bear to leave the house. When it eventually did leave, it remained in their back yard.
California Fish and Game warden Albert Zamudio estimates the bear was in the house for an hour before coming outside. He said he was hoping the bear would leave the area, but instead it lingered on the property for about two hours.
He and a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy shot the bear with shotguns a total of four times aiming for the animal’s chest, Zamudio said. The bear was about 60-feet away from them when it was shot.
This was the first time Zamudio said he had to shoot a bear in his career with fish and game.
“It’s not something we like to do,” Zamudio said. “But once they get into one house, they know they can do it again.”
Zamudio believed it was the same bear that had habitually caused problems in the neighborhood.
“Nobody likes doing that. It’s a lose-lose situation, but the problem got started by the bear getting habituated to garbage and food,” said Ken Nillson of Fish and Game. “The bear got bolder and bolder. The bear associated people with food and not something to be frightened of.”
“It’s a sad last chapter of something that started happening this spring,” he said. “It’s a people-caused thing. It’s unfortunate the bear had to suffer for it.”
Last year around Thanksgiving, Deanna Marsh said the bear ripped the paneling off the garage door, went into a freezer in the garage and ate several tubs of whip cream.
She said they’ve been good about storing food and trash inside their home and last year when it broke into the garage they attempted such measures as putting ammonia saturated rags around the house and noisemakers.
Marsh said she had seen the bear several times over a period of about two months.
Earlier on Sunday, she said they had been barbecuing but she cleaned everything afterward.
“We did all the right things but the bear still came,” she said.
Nilsson said the department believes this same bear broke into a three story house just down the street from this incident.
Another bear was killed last month near Meeks Bay.
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