Bee Metro Staff
Two men from Amador County are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in El Dorado Superior Court after they were arrested April 20 on suspicion of unlawfully killing bear and being in possession of bear parts for sale.
Peter George Vitali of Pioneer and Arthur Martin Blake of River Pines were arrested in the Eldorado National Forest and are suspected of killing three bears -- a sow and two bear cubs -- after bear-hunting season was closed.
The two men allegedly were in possession of 20 bear claws and three bear gall bladders, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Bile from bear gall bladders is believed by some to have medicinal properties and is sold on the black market, the department said.
It is a felony offense in California to sell, buy or possess for sale any bear part. Possession of more than one bear gall bladder is considered evidence that the bear gall bladders are possessed for sale.