First bear, now people harass family
INCLINE VILLAGE-In the aftermath of a bear shooting at a Kings Beach residence last month, the family, as well as another in the same neighborhood, are receiving threatening notes and phone calls.
An official from the California Department of Fish and Game and a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy shot a bear Aug. 30 on the property of Spencer and Deanna Marsh. It had broken into their home, torn up the kitchen looking for food and wouldn’t leave the area.
Now the Marshs and their neighbors, who also were visited by the bear, are receiving threats, said Sgt. Bill Langton of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
Langton said statements in the threats include: “It’s your fault the bear got killed.”
“Threats like this usually happen after a bear is killed,” Langton said. “The threats are never usually carried out.”
He could not release any further information because the matter is still under investigation.
Deanna Marsh said they received death threats, and they have no idea who is making the calls.
“We’re actually quite pleased now, things have really quieted down,” she said.
A device has been put on the Marshs’ phone which logs all of the numbers that come in on their phone.
Ann Bryant, co-founder of the Bear Preservation League, said she’s upset there have been accusations league members are making threatening calls to the North Shore residents.
She said she wished there had been better communication with the sheriff’s office long before the incident at the Marshs’ home.
“The bear had been causing problems prior to that incident and the sheriff’s office received calls. We should have been informed by the sheriff’s office that people made these complaints,” she said. “We’re here to make their jobs easier.”
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