Investigators identify suspect in Issaquah bear shooting

November 16, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 2010

State Department of Fish and Wildlife investigators identified the person believed to be responsible for shooting a black bear in Issaquah last week.

Veterinarians later euthanized the bear cub, because a bullet wound had left the animal paralyzed.

State wildlife agents did not release the suspect’s name or arrest the person Tuesday. The information gathered during the investigation will be sent to the King County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if charges should be filed.

State wildlife agents tranquilized and captured the bear Nov. 11 after the homeowner reported a trapped bear in a creek on the property. The animal was then transported to PAWS in Lynnwood.

The bear — a male about a year old and 135 pounds — appeared to become stuck in a logjam and had endured a night in a ditch in a backyard near Highlands Drive Northeast and Southeast Black Nugget Road. The weakened animal developed hypothermia as a result.

Veterinarians at PAWS discovered a bullet lodged near the animal’s spine. The gunshot caused permanent nerve damage and left the rear half of the bear paralyzed.

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6 Responses to “Investigators identify suspect in Issaquah bear shooting”

  1. Anonymous on November 17th, 2010 9:54 am

    Damn the wild animal killers. Maybe you imbeciles will get the same treatment some day.

  2. John P. Brown on November 17th, 2010 12:39 pm

    “IF” charges should be filed – If that’s a Bullet in the bear that I saw on the x-ray exhibited on News reports, and it Did look like one- the shooter should Unquestionably be prosecuted for violating Wa. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Firearm Restriction Law.
    So, what’s the Hesitancy here . Maybe a “WHO” issue?

  3. elmer fudd on November 17th, 2010 1:02 pm

    the person who shot this bear is a dangerous felon – they knowingly used a firearm within city limits, shot at a protected animal, and then – as if this were not the worst part – did not bother to report the shooting of a potentially dangerous animal to fish and wildlife officials. that in and of itself seems like the real crime – if this were a dangerous bear, the shooter could have stated as such instead of just being a coward. guns have their place in society for protection and sport – and laws also have their place. responsible gun ownership for a law abiding person, would have necessitated a call to officials – instead this animal was just left and the shooter chose to disappear rather than stand-up and then face the consequences for his or her actions.

  4. JoeBobSammamish on November 17th, 2010 2:26 pm

    Ummm… correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t think the black bear is a protected animal in Washington state.

    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=232-12-011

  5. KellyP on November 17th, 2010 5:13 pm

    Its probable that the suspect lives in the area that the bear was found. There are a number of homes in that area that are owned by extremely wealthy individuals as well as those that live life with a sense of entitlement.

  6. doggril on November 17th, 2010 7:01 pm

    What an irresponsible schmuck. No responsible gun owner would shoot an animal and then just leave it to die a slow, painful death.
    I doubt there’s much of a book they can throw at him, but I hope they throw it.

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