Reno man accused of using bait in Nevada bear hunt |

Reno man accused of using bait in Nevada bear hunt

RENO, Nev. (AP) – A Reno man who killed the first black bear during Nevada’s inaugural hunt for the animals has been accused of using apples and bacon grease as bait.

Washoe County deputy district attorney Chris Hicks says Timothy Kawelmacher is charged with two misdemeanor counts of baiting big-game mammals for the purpose of hunting.

Hicks says Kawelmacher set out the apples and bacon grease on Aug. 11, and also used anise oil sometime before the controversial hunting season began on Aug. 20. He killed the bear on the first day of the hunt.

Anise oil, which smells like licorice, is often used by hunters to attract bears. While other states allow baiting, Nevada wildlife officials outlawed the activity when adopting regulations for the hunt.

The 55-year-old Kawelmacher is scheduled to appear in Reno Justice Court on Monday.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User