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Reward Offered for Information in Lake Tahoe Illegal Bear Killing

Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a bear in Lake Tahoe, Calif. The HSUS offer adds to an existing reward of $3,000.

According to the California Department of Fish and Game, on July 30, a bear who had been shot was found dead on a Lake Tahoe beach near Homewood. Investigators determined that the bear had been shot at close range. The nature of the bear’s wound indicates that the bear would have bled excessively before passing away.

“Poaching is a serious threat to California’s wildlife and we hope this reward will bring the person responsible for this appalling crime to justice,” said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the California Department of Fish and Game for working tirelessly to bring wildlife violators to justice.” 

The investigation:

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact DFG’s CalTIP at (888) 334-2258.  Callers may remain anonymous. 


  • DFG statistics show that Fish and Game Enforcement Branch citations rose nearly 70 percent between 2000 and 2009 while hunting violations rose 225 percent during the same period. Despite this rise in poaching, warden staffing has remained virtually unchanged for the past six decades.
  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
  • It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.  

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org