Pat Foy, DFG Law Enforcement, (916) 651-2084
Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens continue to investigate the death of a bear shot and found dead on a Lake Tahoe beach near Homewood on July 30.
The investigating warden determined the bear was shot at close range and that the type of injury sustained by the bear is indicative of a wound that would bleed severely, leaving obvious evidence at the location where it was shot.
The investigating warden thoroughly searched, but did not locate blood or evidence that a firearm was discharged on any of the properties surrounding the beach where the bear was found dead. Wardens continue to follow up on other leads, including many tips from the Tahoe community, and hope to resolve the case as soon as possible.
DFG appreciates public interest in this poaching crime and understands the depths of emotions it has stirred. However, rumors, false information and Internet postings that encourage citizens to take matters into their own hands have the potential to complicate this ongoing investigation.
“Residents of Homewood have every right to be outraged about this bear’s death,” said DFG Capt. Brian Naslund. “As much as we want to bring this poacher to justice, we cannot prove a poaching crime with hearsay and rumor.”
A final report will be submitted to the Placer County District Attorney for consideration, once the investigation has concluded.
Anyone with specific information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the bear shooter is encouraged to call DFG’s CalTIP at (888) 334-2258. Callers may remain anonymous.