Long time Mammoth bear, shot?

searles115Last week, some Mammoth Lakes children found a very large bear, lying dead in the Rusty Lane area near the golf course.  Wildlife Specialist Steve


This is the gentle bear found dead on Rusty Lane.

Searles has now asked the public to help him solve the riddle of the big, gentle bear’s death.

Unlike most Mammoth bears, the one killed did not have a particular name.  Searles said locals had their own nicknames for the 500-pound male that had a blonde body with dark head and front feet.  As Searles put it, “It was a blessing to have this bear in our community.  He was a great member of our town and helped many people experience a bear.  He did more good than anything else.”

The police chief and lieutenant had joined Searles in the careful removal of the bear’s body with a tow truck.  Now, they are at work to figure out how the big animal died.  Searles said that from his experience, the bear did not appear to have been hit by a car and did not die from natural causes.  Asked if someone shot the bear and if, as sources had said, the bear had a small hole in its abdomen, Searles said that it is accurate that the bear had a small hole in the abdominal area the size of a number two pencil.

Searles pointed to the fact that it is bear season.  He said the bear could have legally been shot out of the town limits but made it back to familiar territory. The wildlife man just doesn’t know.  That’s why he has asked for help from citizens.  Searles has asked that anyone with information on how this bear died to call him, anonymously if preferred.  That number is 760-937-BEAR.

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9 Responses to Long time Mammoth bear, shot?

  1. Dee Younger October 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Ouch.Rob your Up The Creek with I hope your panties in a bunch. I’ m sure your quite the sensitive soul. Get a hold of yourselves. Oh wait you have.

    • Ouch! October 4, 2011 at 9:48 am #

      Mr. Younger,
      Believe it or nuts, you aren’t correct. It seems to be you that has the panty-twist going on. What is your problem? I find Rob and Up-the Creek, and actually all the posters on this site to be right (by my standards) occasionally, and at least amusing, and even if I don’t agree and think they are “morons”, I don’t think it is appropriate for me to call them that in a public forum, everyone has a right to express their opinions, this is the USA.
      Your brain-power may come into question when your T-shirts have misspelled words, but I guess you think you are too brainy and righteous to be wrong.

  2. CL October 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Rusty Lane doesn’t go anywhere near the golf course. I’m a little confused where this happened.

  3. Dee Younger October 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    No pension joke Moron, Maybe he was so full of the garbage you spew that he shot himself. No pensions jokes for him.

    • Rob October 3, 2011 at 11:49 am #

      Frankly I wouldn’t let any post that calls someone a derogatory name pass moderation.

      But if the bear was actually driven to shoot himself by downthecreek’s posts then there’s still hope for you.

      • upthecreek October 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

        People get very sensitive when you talk about PUBLIC PENSIONS
        Don’t They…
        Soon they will be all gone…..NO MO MONEY

    • Ouch! October 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

      How nasty! Whats the deal? Too full of yourself?

  4. Wayne Deja October 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    What a shame!!!! If he was shot,it was by one of those lazy hunters that “hang around”certain areas where an animal least expects problems.Kinda like some of the “so-called hunters” do during elk season….hanging around areas near those alfalfa fields outside Big Pine,sitting in their vehicles waiting for the elk to either leave the fields,or to come to the fields to graze,and then letting them have it.Whatever happened to the days when hunters had some respect for the game they were hunting?..When a “hunt” was a hunt…..usually a long hike into a remote area,stalking and out-smarting the animal they were after…Now,it’s driving their vehicle to an area when their “game” has been in a safe and comfortable area for 345 days of the year,suprising them….and killing it….what a shame!!

  5. downthecreek September 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    looks overweight..maybe he raided too much garbage


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