Black Bear Shot After Tahoe Home Break-ins, Bear Hunting Magazine

A nearly 400-pound, male black bear, believed responsible for a series of home break-ins in the Meeks Bay and Rubicon areas of Lake Tahoe, was shot and killed by an El Dorado County deputy sheriff.

The deputy, responding to a residential burglar alarm on the 400 block of Bayview Court south of Meeks Bay, found the front door had been broken into as well as evidence of fresh bear activity inside, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The bear was gone, apparently scared off by the burglar alarm. During a check of nearby homes, the deputy and a California State Parks law enforcement officer found another forced entry at a home on Sweetwater Drive. They were confronted at the threshold by a large black bear as it was trying to leave the residence.

The deputy fired several shotgun rounds at the bear from close range as it moved towards them, killing the animal.

An investigation revealed that the bear had ransacked several homes in the area, and an examination indicated it was responsible for a series of break-ins over the past several months.

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