California Charges Two With Bear Poaching

California Dept. Of Fish & Wildlife, Bear Hunting Magazine

Two California men pled not guilty Tuesday to illegally possessing bear gall bladders and claws after they were arrested in the Eldorado National Forest.

The California Fish and Wildlife stated that the two men each face one felony charge and two misdemeanors after their arrest in April. The two were arrested after the bear hunting season had closed.

Wildlife officers stated that the men had 20 large claws and three gall bladders apparently taken from a sow and two cubs. The bile inside gall bladders is believed by some to have medicinal properties and is sold on the black market.

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