Dead Bear Dumped Outside San Leandro Market

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American Black Bear. (AP)

American Black Bear. (AP)

SAN LEANDRO (AP) — Black bear sightings are not uncommon in California’s backcountry or even around trash bins in Lake Tahoe. But in a strip mall along a busy East Bay freeway?

Yet that’s the strange situation the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after someone dumped a dead 300-pound bear outside a small San Leandro grocery store.

Sgt. J. D.. Nelson said a white pickup truck was seen depositing the bear’s body Sunday night and speeding away. The animal had been shot in the shoulder.

But why it was left where it was remains a mystery.

California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Kyle Orr told the Oakland Tribune that bear-hunting season opened last month in some parts of the state.

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