**PRESS RELEASE**PRESS RELEASE*
BEAR KILLED IN LAKES BASIN UNDER DFG DEPREDATION PERMIT
Officers from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department responded on September 14, 2010 at approximately 12:15 p.m. to reports that a bear was actively breaking into cabins in the Lake Mary Cabin Tract. When officers arrived, Town Wildlife Management Specialist Steve Searles was following the animal and confirmed it was the light colored three year old female with darker feet and face that had been identified as being responsible for at least 19 building entries in the Lakes Basin area.
A Lakes Basin cabin owner had previously obtained a depredation permit from the California Department of Fish and Game for that bear. The Department of Fish and Game and the US Forest Service authorized the MLPD to act as the depredation permitee’s agent, authorizing members of the Police Department to take the bear authorized by the depredation permit. When MLPD arrived on the scene and positively identified the bear as the same one named on the permit, the animal was put down.
The animal’s carcass was turned over to Fish and Game for study and disposal.
Further questions can be directed to DFG Public Information Officer Andrew Hughein at 916-322-8944.