Injured bear captured, released |

Injured bear captured, released

Adam Jensen
Provided to the TribuneCalifornia Department of Fish and Game staff released an injured bear south of Lake Tahoe on Monday.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – California Department of Fish and Game officials released an injured bear south of Lake Tahoe on Monday.

The about year-and-a-half old, female bear was captured near Echo View Estates, off of Sawmill Road, on the evening of Aug. 20 after residents reported the bear limping in the area, said Fish and Game Biologist Jason Holley.

Several residents expressed concerns that the bear would possibly be killed by Fish and Game staff. Although the bear was dragging one of its back legs, it was still able to run and climb trees, wrote resident Connor McKeen in an e-mail.

Fish and Game staff tranquilized the 100-pound bear and drove the animal to its office in Rancho Cordova so it could be examined by a wildlife veterinarian, Holley said.

The bear had a broken right, hind leg, but Fish and Game staff determined the bear could be re-introduced to the wild because it could put weight on the leg and the injury appeared to be healing, Holley said.

It is unknown what caused the injury, Holley said.

Monday’s relocation was unusual because animals displaying such significant injuries are usually hurt so badly that they need to be euthanized, Holley said.

“If it’s going to suffer, we do the humane thing,” Holley said.

The wildlife agency “virtually never” relocates animals, Holley said.

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