Man shoots, wounds bear near home |

Man shoots, wounds bear near home

A South Lake Tahoe man reportedly shot a black bear Thursday night after it went through his garbage and apparently pursued him.

At approximately 10:25 p.m. Thursday, South Lake Tahoe police received a call from a Washington Avenue resident who said he had chased away a bear that was going through his garbage, according to a statement.

The man then said he went back into his house but within a few minutes, he came back outside with a flashlight and rifle to see if the bear had returned to his trash cans, the statement indicated.

The man walked into the pasture area at the end of Washington Avenue and again found the bear.

The man said the bear then turned and started walking toward him. He fired one round from the rifle and struck the bear, which retreated back into the meadow area, according to the statement.

Because of concerns over people coming in contact with the injured bear, seven police officers followed a blood trail and attempted to locate the wounded bear but were unable to, the statement said.

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Police contacted the California Department of Fish and Game, and an agent arrived at about 4:30 a.m. Friday. The agent attempted to locate the bear, but as of 11 a.m. Friday, the injured bear had not been found. Police also notified Ann Bryant of the BEAR League.

Fish and Game will conduct an investigation to determine the man violated the law by shooting the bear, the statement said.