Tahoe Woman Attacked By Bear May Face Feeding Charges
RENO, Nev. (AP) – ...A similar problem a few miles east in Incline Village prompted the Nevada Department of Wildlife to issue a formal warning in December to another woman accused of illegally feeding several bears – three of which now are dead.
One of the bears had to be euthanized after it broke into a neighbor’s car and exhibited bold behavior making it a threat to public safety, NDOW spokesman Chris Healy said. Two of her cubs later were struck and killed by cars, which Healy said was at least an indirect result of their losing their natural fear of humans.
“The people who are doing the feeding are the ones who are killing these bears,” Healy told The Associated Press on Friday.
The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported that California game wardens were investigating the woman after the Aug. 5 attack in Kings Beach.
The woman was treated at a hospital for bite wounds to her shoulder and scratches on her leg after she reported the bear hit her from behind, said Lt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Investigators said she has been feeding bears since at least 2010 and had been warned multiple times to stop.
Foy said wildlife officials were working with the Placer County district attorney’s office and will decide soon whether to cite her with a misdemeanor charge of feeding wildlife, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
“It’s under active investigation,” Foy said Friday. “When the district attorney looks at a stack of cases on his or her desk, they prioritize. An older woman who is feeding animals generally doesn’t rise to the top level of severity.” ...