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Accused Bear Poachers to Appear in Court

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Dry Winter Weather Brings Out Bears and Bugs

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Two men accused of illegally killing a bear and possessing bear parts for sale will be arraigned June 4 in the El Dorado County Superior Court, the Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday.

Peter Vitali and Arthur Blake were arrested April 20 after DFW officers say they were found with 20 large bear claws and three bear gall bladders.

The bile inside a bear’s gall bladder is said to be used as medicine, and is often sold illegally.

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