Incline Village bear accidentally shot with live round by Washoe County deputy dies

A veterinarian and NDOW personnel tend to a bear that was shot Saturday, May 6, 2017 (Photo courtesy Nevada Dept. of Wildlife)

UPDATE: 9 a.m. 5/7/2017

A bear in Incline Village that was accidentally shot with a live round by a deputy during an encounter Saturday died Sunday morning, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

"NDOW is saddened to report that despite valiant efforts to save it, the bear injured in Incline Village yesterday, succumbed to its injuries this morning at 7:15 am.," NDOW spokesman Chris Healy said.

NDOW will do a full postmortem exam Sunday. The results, Healy says, may be released Sunday, as well.

News 4 learned on Sunday that the bruin that died was a well-known Lake Tahoe bear named Jasper. In a Facebook post, the "Lake Tahoe Wall of Shame" page referred to Jasper as "the most famous bear in Tahoe."

Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen released the following statement after learning that the bear from Saturday's incident had succumbed to its injuries:

"I am saddened to hear of the passing of the bear from yesterday's incident in Incline Village involving one of our deputies. We appreciate the efforts made by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The Sherff's Office will thoroughly review the incident and take whatever measures are deemed appropriate."

Bob Harmon with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Saturday that deputies responded at about 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 6, to a report of a group of bears near some homes at Driver Way and Village Boulevard.

Deputies arrived to find a mother bear and three cubs. The bears were previously identified as food aggressive, and deputies had several encounters with them recently, Harmon said.

A deputy intended to fire a rubber round to scare the bears, but had accidentally loaded a live round, and the adult bear suffered undisclosed injuries in the incident.

A team from the Nevada Department of Wildlife responded to the scene at about noon and took the adult bear to a veterinarian for evaluation and treatment.

NDOW officials say the cubs are old enough to be on their own, according to Harmon, though wildlife experts will put together a management plan.

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