Deputies Seek Help In Bizarre Black Bear Mystery

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Alameda County authorities continued to investigate a bizarre mystery Tuesday evening, trying to determine who left the body of a 400-pound bear on the doorstep of a San Leandro meat market over the weekend.
Alameda County Sheriff's Deputies said they got a call Sunday night that a gunshot victim had been dumped in front of the Terrace Meat Market on Foothill Blvd in San Leandro. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered the victim was a dead bear
The animal, a 400-pound California black bear, had been killed by a gunshot to the shoulder. Area residents were as stunned as deputies by the sight.
“It was really a bear and it was bloody and its tongue was sticking out,” said San Leandro resident Blanca Gutierrez.
“I thought -- 'Where in holy Toledo did this thing come from?'” said Mario Clamaro, who owns the nearby El Taco restaurant. “You'd never think you'd see a bear here.”
It was a first in the East Bay town. State fish and game officials said bears do not live in the region and speculated the animal was shot elsewhere.
“There certainly are no bears running along the 580 freeway here in San Leandro. We don't know where this bear was shot and what prompted the people who did it to dump it right here,” said Sheriff's Department Sgt. J.D. Nelson.”We do have some information it was a white Dodge truck with some Hispanic males who dumped the bear out and took off."
Investigators said the shooters might not have realized how difficult it is to butcher a bear and left it at Terrace Meat Market, where Luong Ly has been a butcher more than two decades.
“We only sell pork, chicken, lunch meat,” said Ly with a smile. “No bear at all. Never.”
He said the market stopped butchering whole animals many years ago. Even then, they never had butchered a bear.
"I feel upset to see the bear there." said Ly. "Yeah, I love bear."
It's black bear hunting season in some counties now. But it's against the law to shoot a bear without a permit and to waste the kill.
"I used to hunt up in Mendocino all the time," said Clamaro. "We'd get tags and hunt bears. But this is a total waste. The poor animal."
Sheriff's deputies said they won't soon forget this crime victim and want to help State Fish and Game find the bear's killer. Anyone with information on the unusual case is asked to call 510-667-3636.


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Tags: Mystery, black bear, 400 lb., meat market, shot, SAN LEANDRO, Calif.

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