HOMEWOOD, CA - Curtis Donaldson took the picture of the bear with his cell phone.
He says a co-worker at the Homewood Marina spotted the carcass from the water Monday morning at the start of his shift.
”I didn't believe him at first, and I didn't believe him up until the point where I was actually touching the bear. You know he wasn't breathing or anything,” says Donaldson.
Donaldson and other witnesses say it appeared as if the bear had been fatally shot--but did not die instantly.
A trail of blood can be followed from the woods, deck, and shore line before it came to rest next to the shore line.
“ Sadness, anger, all the emotions that are typical when there is a death, a violent death,” says Ann Bryant when asked how she reacted when she first saw the dead bear.
Bryan shows us pictures of the bear she called Sunny.
The bear she said would wander to the lake near her home.
Bryant says the bear never showed any aggression to anyone.
So who would do such a thing?
Bryant and others have their suspicions.
Donaldson has video taken on his cell phone he says from last Thursday of a resident in the area.
Donaldson says the man had a shotgun and appeared to be putting a shell into the chamber of the gun-so its ready to be fired.
The bear was resting in a nearby tree.
According to residents in the area shots were heard Sunday night between 11 and 11:30.
Bryant says she went to the man's home Monday after being called to the scene but was told the an had left town.
California Wildlife authorities say they would not talk about an ongoing investigation.
But they do say generally there are some disturbing facts.
It is not bear season which starts at the end of August.
Second no one should be shooting a gun off in this congested area.
And finally they say, whoever did this, may only have one defense: self defense