RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Nyko’s restaurant owner David Horten was charged by PA State Game Commission for buying two black bear gallbladders from an undercover officer. It happened in the parking lot of the Scalp Avenue restaurant.
According to the criminal complaint Horten bought them for $160.00. The PA Game Commissions Special Investigation Unit was tipped off back in November.
“The investigation is on going,” said Tom Fezi, Public Information Officer for PA Game Commission.
Fezi said there is a market for buying black bear gallbladders.
‘It’s not something we deal with every day but there is a market,” said Fezi. “It’s led to some poaching in the Smokey Mountain areas and we are vigilant watching it here.”
According to Fezi some people use the bladders for home remedies. Online research showed black bear gallbladders are used a lot in Asian cultures and can be bought anywhere from $100- up to $10,000.00.
Horten was unavailable for comment and did not return WTAJ’s phone calls. He is set for a hearing in February.