Search Underway for Person Who Killed Louisiana Black Bear
Description: Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for the person who killed a black bear in Louisiana's Avoyelles Parish. A hunter discovered the bear on a trail frequented by people riding all-terrain vehicles northwest of Marksville. State officials say the bear had been shot. He was about two-years-old and weighed about 100 pounds.
The Louisiana black bear has been on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992. It is both a violation of both federal and state laws to kill a black bear. The penalties include a fine of up to $50,000 and six months in jail. The state can also ask for $10,000 restitution.
Anyone who thinks they may have information about the person responsible for killing the bear is urged to call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use the state wildlife department's tip line. You can send a text to 8474111 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple App Store free of charge.
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