Injured bear put to death
April 20, 2005
A wounded bear cub, possibly struck by a car at Hurricane Bay on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, dragged his paralyzed body around for two weeks before being killed by a Placer County deputy’s bullet Tuesday night, authorities said.
“It was awful,” said Ann Bryant, executive director of the BEAR League, an advocacy group in Tahoe.
Bryant said she heard news of a bear being struck by a car earlier this month and pleaded for residents to call her when the injured cub was spotted.
One caller spotted the bear near Westlake Boulevard and called sheriff’s deputies, said Lt. John Addoms.
Not knowing the best action, deputies contacted Bryant, who determined the bear should be euthanized.
Bryant scared the cub from under a deck, and the best marksman of the three deputies used one bullet.
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Bryant said the cub’s flesh and muscle were worn from the continuous dragging.
“He died pretty much instantly and painlessly,” Bryant said.
The bear was transported into a distant wilderness to decompose.