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Officials Seek Person Who Stole Paws From Black Bear in California

Placer County, CA – California wildlife officials are searching for the person who took all four paws from a deceased black bear in Placer County. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division (CDFW), a dead bear was found near Foresthill on Saturday and all of its paws had been cut off.

A Placer County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a 911 call from someone who stated they had struck a bear; the deputy found the bear was “mortally wounded.” Captain Patrick Foy, with CDFW’s law enforcement division explains that the bear was left by the road because of its size, but someone maimed the body before officials returned the next day:

“It was a decent sized bear so they couldn’t move it from the roadway. Sometime between then and the next morning when someone was planning to remove the bear, someone cut the paws off.”

It is a crime to possess wildlife, or parts of wildlife, in the state of California. Anyone convicted of the crime could be fined up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to reach out to wildlife officials.

(Stock image of bear paw via Pixabay)

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