Mammoth: Don’t Shoot Our Bears! Suspect in Custody
September 15, 2022 – The Mammoth Lakes Police Department appreciates the public’s patience in releasing information regarding the suspicious death of a black bear within Town limits. It is important for the public to remember that suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty and that this continues to be an active investigation.
On Thursday, September 8, 2022, Officers were dispatched to Sierra Park Road for reports of a deceased bear. Initial investigation indicated that the bear had injuries consistent with a bullet wound. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. The deceased bear was found to be a 5 to 6-year-old female, approx. 160 pounds, who had not given birth to cubs this year. The cause of death, while still under investigation, appears to be a single gunshot wound.
On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, Elohim Kai Tracy, a 46-year-old male from Mammoth Lakes, was arrested in connection with this incident. On Thursday, September 15, 2022, Mr. Tracy was arraigned at the Mono County Courthouse and has been charged with four felonies: PC 246.3(a) Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, PC 597(a) Animal Cruelty, PC 25850(c)(6) Carry Loaded Firearm in a Public Place, PC 29800(a)(1) Possession of Firearm by Narcotic Addict. The defendant pled not guilty to all counts. Mr. Tracy is currently being held by the Mono County Jail with bail set at $100,000.
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department would like to thank the Community, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Mono County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this case.
(From Mammoth Lakes Police Department)