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Reward offered for information on dead black bear

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) LDWF looking for information about dead bear found in La.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in Concordia Parish.

A citizen alerted authorities on Dec. 20 about a dead black bear lying in the woods in the Yancey Wildlife Management Area.  The bear was collected and sent in for a necropsy. The necropsy revealed the bear was probably dead for about a week and that it was shot with a bullet through the ribcage.  Agents believe the bear was shot from an elevated deer stand since the bullet went through the ribcage at an angle.

LDWF's Operation Game Thief program is offering a cash reward totaling up to $1,000 and the Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust is offering up to $5,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction for this killing of the bear.

Anyone with information regarding this bear killing is asked to call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or to use LDWF's tip411 program.  The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day, and tips can remain anonymous.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.  Killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.  Violators are subject to penalties of up to $50,000 and six months in jail.  In addition, a restitution fine of $10,000 for the bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

With the number of bear and hunter interactions on the rise within the last couple of years, LDWF encourages hunters to carry bear spray.

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