You may have seen headlines earlier this week — maybe you even read it right here—but a black bear named Yogi, Jake, or most often Hank the Tank, has been wreaking havoc in South Lake Tahoe. According to reports, the 500-pound bear was responsible for 150 emergency calls and damage to nearly 40 homes. Things were looking grim for Yogi/Jake/Hank when California Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officials decided the best way to take care of the situation was to euthanize the bear.
But in an unexpected twist of fate, DNA evidence collected by CDFW over the past few months revealed that the damage originally attributed to Hank the Tank is, in fact, the work of multiple bears. The results of the DNA testing showed that at least three bears were responsible for the break-ins.