US authorities catch burglaries suspects – a bear and her cubs

DNA has confirmed the large female black bear and her three little accomplices were responsible for at least 21 instances of property damage since 2022.

US authorities capture suspects in string of burglaries – a bear and her cubs Getty Images

Authorities in California have captured four suspects in multiple break-ins at homes around Lake Tahoe: a mother bear and three of her cubs.

DNA has confirmed the large female black bear and her three little accomplices were responsible for at least 21 instances of property damage since 2022, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

The mother bear and her babies were “safely immobilised” on Friday, a statement said. The adult female, known to researchers as 64F, is expected to be taken to a wildlife sanctuary near Springfield, Colorado.

Her cubs could end up at a rehabilitation facility in California, “in hopes they can discontinue the negative behaviours they learned from the sow and can be returned to the wild”, the statement said.

64F, who was fitted with a tracking device earlier this year, is one of three adult bears identified last year as being responsible for 150 incident reports, including property damage, in the lake region straddling Northern California and Nevada.

Originally it was believed that a single, large black bear the public nicknamed “Hank the Tank” had been breaking into homes. Eventually, authorities announced that it was actually three separate bears responsible for the mayhem.

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