500-pound bear named Yogi, wreaked havoc on Lake Tahoe, divides residents

500-pound bear named Yogi, wreaked havoc on Lake Tahoe, divides residents

It’s one husky grizzly!

California wildlife authorities have faced complaints from residents of the resort town of Lake Tahoe about a huge 500-pound black bear named Yogi, which is ruining more than just picnic baskets in the area.

The bear caused more than 150 calls to law enforcement and wildlife personnel in the area.

“This bear has been linked to property damage in at least 38 different properties,” said Peter Thira of California Department of Fish and Wildlife KCRA 3 in Sacramento.

Authorities add that the curvy cub caused “significant property damage and forcibly entered several homes, including occupied homes.”

Wildlife officials tried to stem Yogi’s wave of destruction by setting traps, but were unable to contain it.

“Trapping is a last resort for capturing and euthanizing a specific and what we call a heavily habituated or accustomed to human food black bear,” Tira said.

Residents were outraged by the bear hunt and even attempts to scare the bear away from the area by playing loud music or even spray-painting the phrase “Bear Killer” on the trap.

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Yogi, a 500-pound bear terrorizing a Lake Tahoe community.

Yogi, a 500-pound bear terrorizing a Lake Tahoe community.

The California home that faced Yogi's wrath

The California home that faced Yogi’s wrath

A pro-bear activist group, the BEARS League, is working with wildlife officials to try and get Yogi to a safe new home.

A pro-bear activist group, the BEARS League, is working with wildlife officials to try and get Yogi to a safe new home.

A pro-bear activist group, the BEARS League, is working with wildlife officials to try and get Yogi to a safe new home.

“The BEAR League contacted the director of a superb out-of-state wildlife sanctuary who agreed he had space and would be very willing to give this bear a permanent home,” said executive director Ann Bryant.

‘We notified [the California Department of Fish and Wildlife] on Tuesday morning asking them to seriously consider this option and not kill the bear.”

However, Bryant notes that shelters are not a permanent solution and wants Tahoe residents to practice prevention.

“Homeowners and visitors should do their part to keep bears out of trouble so they can live in the wild and in freedom,” she said.

“The various reasons bears get into trouble is because people do it and teach bears that it’s a good way to make a living.”

Residents were outraged by the bear hunt and even tried to scare the bear away from the area by playing loud music or even painting the phrase

Residents were outraged by the bear hunt and even tried to scare the bear away from the area by playing loud music or even painting the phrase “Bear Killer” on the trap.

The bear caused

The bear caused “significant property damage and forcibly entered several houses, including occupied houses.”

This is another recent example of a bear attack on the West Coast.

An Oregon man committed suicide after accidentally shooting his brother while he was trying to defend himself from a black bear in his yard.

An unidentified man was loading his gun around 7 a.m. Feb. 8 when he “accidentally shot his brother,” the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office said.

Police found the man’s brother with gunshot wounds in an apartment building on the 2000 block of Placer Road in Sun Valley. After a “house check,” officers found the caller had “an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

“The caller is believed to have committed suicide after calling 911 to report an accidental shooting,” the police report said.

The investigation is ongoing and has been referred to the Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office answered a call in the 2000 Block of Placer Road Tuesday when a man called to say he

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office answered a call in the 2000 Block of Placer Road Tuesday when a man called to say he “accidentally shot his brother” while trying to load a gun to protect them from a black bear on the road. property

Deputies found a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the property and believe

Deputies found a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the property and believe “the caller committed suicide,” the police report said.

The sheriff’s office told on Feb. 10 that “no further information is available” at this time.

Bear sightings are not uncommon in the state, which is home to between 25,000 and 30,000 black bears, according to the Josephine County Parks Department, which calls Oregon “black bear country.”

The Parks Department said bear attacks are “uncommon” and the animals generally “avoid human contact” but reminds the public that “it’s never safe to approach a bear.”

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