Sacto 9-1-1
June 7, 2012
Fish and Game investigating report of man trying to sell bear cubs

20120607_HA_CUBS4SALE0072.JPGBy Jacqueline Sahlberg
jsahlberg@sacbee.com

State Fish and Game is investigating a man who was allegedly trying to sell bear cubs at a Nevada County gas station on Wednesday.

After receiving a call on the CalTIP line, Fish and Game responded to a gas station in North San Juan where a caller reported that a man was trying to sell two bear cubs.

The man, who lives in North San Juan, told authorities he had shot the mother bear a couple days before in self-defense. He said he was trying to find a good home for the bear cubs.

Fish and Game is not releasing the man's name, and he has not been charged or arrested.

The mother bear has not been found. The man told authorities that the 11-pound and 13-pound bear cubs had been with him for the past couple of days.

The cubs are at the State Fish and Game facility in Rancho Cordova. Fish and Game reported that the cubs are not injured.

PHOTO CREDIT: A pair of cubs that were allegedly for sale wait to be transported to a rescue facility in Lake Tahoe at a holding pen at the Department of Fish and Game in Rancho Cordova on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.

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