Sheriff comments on death of bear mistakenly shot with live round

The Nevada Department of Wildlife released this photograph of a bear shot by a Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputy in Incline Village on May 6, 2017. From left to right are the NDOW staff veterinarian, a NDOW game warden and an NDOW veterinary technician
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (KOLO)-- 10:11 a.m. Sunday update:

Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen released this statement about the deputy who mistakenly shot a bear in Incline Village with a live round instead of a rubber bullet.:

"I am saddened to hear of the passing of the bear from yesterday's incident in Incline Village involving one of our deputies. We appreciate the efforts made by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The Sherff's Office will thoroughly review the incident and take whatever measures are deemed appropriate."

9 a.m. Sunday update:

A bear in Incline Village mistakenly shot Saturday with a live round instead of a rubber bullet by a deputy died Sunday morning, the Nevada Department of Wildlife reports.

"NDOW is saddened to report that despite valiant efforts to save it, the bear injured in Incline Village yesterday, succumbed to its injuries this morning at 7:15 am.," NDOW said in an emailed statement.

5:45 p.m. Saturday update:
A bear shot Saturday morning in Incline Village by a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputy who thought he was using a rubber bullet and not a live round is in stable condition and showing good oxygen levels and pulse, the Nevada Department of Wildlife reports.

It is recovering from anesthesia. Exterior wounds have been cleaned and sewn up. X-rays show no major bone damage but the bear may have fractured ribs. The severity of injuries to soft tissue, including internal organs, is not clear.

The biggest risk at this point is infection, NDOW said. The bear is receiving antibiotics and pain medication and will be closely monitored by veterinarians for the next day or two.

Original story:

A Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputy thought he had loaded a rubber bullet into a gun Saturday morning to scare away a bear in Incline Village, but used a live round and wounded the bear.

The sheriff’s office said the wounded mother bear was taken to a veterinarian for evaluation and treatment. The bear was still being evaluated Saturday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office said it got a report of bears near homes in the area of Driver Way and Village Boulevard at about 10:45 a.m. May 6, 2017. When they arrived they found a mother bear and three cubs.

“This group of bears had been previously identified as food aggressive and deputies have had numerous encounters with this group in recent weeks,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

After shooting the bear, the sheriff’s office began life-saving measures and the Nevada Department of Wildlife arrived about noon. NDOW says the cubs are old enough to be on their own and NDOW will devise a plan for the cubs.