Orphaned Cubs Still Missing Following Shooting at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - “That's the mother here is one of her little cubs,” says Richard Lynn as he shows us pictures from his camera of shots he took of a mother bear and her two cubs just last week.

Lynn says bears often visit the Tahoe Shores Mobile Home Park.

Close to the woods, the residents here say they can show up in their backyards and back porches.

“Big sunflower and a big bear wanted the sunflower seeds apparently and knocked the planter off into the stream,” says Elizabeth McSorley another resident at the Park.

Those we talked to at the park say they have never felt threatened or scared, except last Friday when a bear broke into this garage.

She eventually was chased up a tree and accidentally shot by a sheriff's deputy who loaded a rifle slug instead of a rubber bullet.

They came to my yard, and sat down and ate apples,” Lynn Dahl says as she shows us her backyard where the bears often came.

Dahl says she heard the shots fired and is sickened by the aftermath.

“Because they are cubs, and now they have no one to teach them,” says Dahl.

Daniel Boatner and his wife Michelle Bay rent the mobile home and garage where the shooting took place.

While they dispute why the garage door was ajar, there is no disputing what was inside--garbage, these are pictures taken by the property director.

Boatner reportedly says its about two weeks worth. The property director says otherwise.

“The chief cause of this accident was a family that stored garbage for over a month. The garbage collection here is about $14 a month. But NDOW says the bear would have been able to smell that garbage about ten miles away,” says Property Director Chuck Arnold.

Arnold says neither he nor many residents here blame Douglas County Sheriff's deputies for the shooting, they contend it would never have happened if Boatner and Bay had dealt with their garbage.

We tried to get a comment from the two...while I heard someone inside the mobile home, no one answered the door.

No one knows the fate of the two orphaned bear cubs, but the fate of Boatner and Bay is more certain,

Arnold says he's serving them with an eviction notice.

Nevada’s Department of Wildlife hopes to capture the orphaned cubs in hopes they can be taken to a rehabilitation center for winter.

So far attempts to trap the two have failed.

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