Trapper kills bear |

Trapper kills bear

Rob Bhatt

A wounded bear searching for food in the area of Nez Perce Drive off North Upper Truckee Road was caught and killed Wednesday by a county trapper.

California Department of Fish and Game officers authorized such action Tuesday after being notified about the bear’s condition. It had obtained dog food from an open garage on Nez Perce and appeared reluctant to leave when Fish and Game officials tried to shoo it away.

Neighbors were concerned about the animals health and had hoped wildlife experts could rehabilitate the animal.

Fish and Game policy, however, requires bears that are injured and not spooked by humans to be trapped and euthanized.

The animal, weighing about 300 pounds, was found Wednesday morning in a trap set overnight in the neighborhood.

The trapper removed the animal from the site and killed it with a firearm.

El Dorado County Agricultural Commissioner Bill Snodgrass, who supervises county trappers, said the animal’s wounds were consistent with being struck by a moving truck.

The bears actions suggest it may have been fed by humans in the past, because it did not appear to fear people, Snodgrass added.

Authorities believe the injury and the animal’s comfort around people combined to make the bear dangerous.

“An injured bear is a real serious threat to health and safety,” Snodgrass said. “When a bear is not afraid of people and it’s hungry and someone tries to shoo it away, that person is at a high risk (of being attacked).”


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