Fish and Game offers reward but has no leads in case of missing bear cub carcass |

Fish and Game offers reward but has no leads in case of missing bear cub carcass

California Department of Fish and Game is offering up to a $1,000 reward but has no leads in the case of the missing bear cub carcass.

The 100-pound cub was found dead Saturday on the side of Emerald Bay Road near Taylor Creek where deputies believe it was struck by a car.

El Dorado County Animal Control picked up the animal and stored it in an unlocked outdoor freezer on their property. Monday morning the dead cub was reported missing from the storage locker by an animal control officer.

The carcass was to have remained in the freezer until Wednesday when a rendering company was scheduled to take it for processing.

The cub was discovered missing after Ann Bryant, founder and executive director of the BEAR League, called and asked Animal Control Officer Douglas Petri to look in the freezer and find out what type of bear had died. Bryant wanted to know if it was a cub that has been plundering homes in Spring Creek Tract area since Labor Day.

Earlier in the fall Fish and Game set traps and issued depredation permits to catch a mother and her three troublesome cubs because they continually broke through Spring Creek residents’ windows to get at sweets and other food.

Fish and Game said it is illegal to possess this carcass and anyone caught with it could be sentenced to six months in jail or face a $1,000 fine.

“If someone went and stole that bear they now have it illegally,” said Dave Bezzone, a warden with Fish and Game. “You can’t go around and pick up a road-killed deer. It’s the same for a bear.”

Bezzone said he doesn’t believe the cub’s carcass was stolen for profit.

“There is no value,” he said. “The gallbladder market has been there, but the market fell out of gallbladders years ago. It just isn’t an issue these days.”

Anyone with information about the dead cub is asked to call 1-888-DFG-CALTIP. Callers may chose to remain anonymous.

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