The Department of Fish and Game worked into the evening hours last Thrusday tracking the mother bear allegedly shot and killed by a North San Juan resident. Wardens and searchers were unable to locate the bear in the area the man discribed, although evidence of bear activity was found. A citizen called the fish and game tip line last week saying a man was selling 2 bear cubs at a gas staion in North San Juan. The Nevada County Sheriff’s office was called and detained the man and confirmed that he did have 2 live bear cubs in a cage. The male and female bear cubs have been moved to Lake Tahoe where Tom Millham the secratary treasure of lake tahoe wildlife care says the cubs are doing well.
Millham says the process to release the bears back into the wild has begun which includes not having human contact. He says they have high hopes for the pair and a third bear cub already at the wildlife center.
The man accused of shooting the mother and trying to sell the cubs has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. Warden Foy says the investigation will continues.
Cubs that young are a great meal for the mountain lions.