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None Of Usual Outcry Over Killing Of Bear At Lake Tahoe

(AP) - The latest wildlife conflict turned bear-fatality at Lake Tahoe is unusual mostly because of what didn't happen: there's been no outcry from bear advocates who typically criticize authorities they say are too quick to resort to lethal force.

BEAR League Director Anne Bryant says she understands why an El Dorado County sheriff's deputy shot a 700-pound black bear that became aggressive last week after trying to break into a number of homes in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Sheriff's Lt. Bryan Golmitz says they had no choice after non-lethal attempts failed and the bear appeared to charge them. He says they've responded to 177 calls about nuisance bears this year with no others ending in killings.

Bryant told the Tahoe Daily Tribune she's convinced the deputies did the best they could under the circumstances.