A mounted moose head stolen in January from North Lake Tahoe’s Sunnyside Resort has been returned, sporting a broken antler.
The head is set to be repaired and then reclaim its familiar spot above the resort’s entryway, authorities said.
Sgt. Dave Hunt of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said the moose head was returned Monday morning by an area resident who had found it soon after the theft. Hunt said the man said he was driving down the road and saw the head staring skyward by the roadside. He said he put it in his truck and stored it in his garage.
The man knew the manager of the Sunnyside Resort and contacted the business when he learned of the theft, Hunt said.
John Dalby, resort spokesman, said publicity about the Jan. 22 theft helped in the recovery. He speculated that the moose head was taken as a prank by someone who found it too heavy to carry.
The mounted moose head was described as an icon of the historic venue.
Hunt said the Sheriff’s Office continues to look for the person who stole the moose head from the resort.
Anyone with information regarding the burglary can call Detective John Lasagna with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in Tahoe City, (530) 581-6323. Callers who wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 can call Placer County Crime Stoppers at (800) 923-1891 or submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.