2 California Men Accused of Killing Black Bear Near Lake Tahoe

They're accused of luring the bear with bait to a home near Grizzly Flat before they shot it in April

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    Michael Cifelli
    File photo of a black bear - not the one in this incident.

    Nevada County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two California men accused of illegally killing a black bear near the edge of the Eldorado National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.

    Authorities say 43-year-old Jason Wilkison of Grass Valley and 54-year-old Christopher Nunley of North San Juan have been the target of a five-month-long poaching investigation.

    They've been charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession and killing of a bear as well as felony charges for unlawfully possessing firearms. They're accused of luring the bear with bait to a home near Grizzly Flat before they shot it in April.

    California Fish & Wildlife warden Mark Michilizzi told The (Grass Valley) Union they apparently tried to butcher the bear and skin it before they decided to dispose of the carcass.

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