Bear trapped, killed in Tahoe Vista sparks outrage |

Bear trapped, killed in Tahoe Vista sparks outrage

A bear that was trapped and killed near Lake Tahoe by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife early Friday morning has sparked outrage in the community after the Bear League posted about the events on its Facebook page.

According to Ann Bryant, executive direcwtor of the Bear League, a trap was set by the department on Wildwood Drive in Tahoe Vista after a bear repeatedly broke into the car of a homeowner. The trap was triggered by a bear at around 2 a.m. and was taken away early Friday morning.

“Killing a bear has never been the solution,” said Bryant. “The bears are fine as long as you don’t invite them by leaving food in your car or your bird feeder out. It’s the simple dos and don’ts of living in bear country.”

Bryant said she received multiple calls from concerned neighbors when they saw that the trap was set and immediately got in contact with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A Facebook post from the Bear League had nearly 700 comments and over 650 shares. Bryant said they deleted the post from the league’s Facebook page after a comment was left threatening to burn the homeowner’s house down.

Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun, a sister publication of The Union based about . She can be reached at 530-550-2652 or

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