Marksville man accused of killing La. black bear

File photo (Courtesy: WBRZ)
File photo (Courtesy: WBRZ)

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - A 30-year-old Marksville man is accused of killing a federally protected Louisiana black bear in November.

Derek P. Sayer was arrested Monday and booked into the Avoyelles Parish jail on a charge of killing a Louisiana black bear, an animal for which there is no legal hunting season, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Tuesday.

Sayer was released on $5,000 bond. He could not be reached for comment because he has no listed phone number.

If convicted, he could be ordered to pay $10,000 restitution plus a fine of $900 to $950, and jailed for up to 120 days.

The bear's body was lying on an ATV trail on Avoyelles Parish School Board property northwest of Marksville when a hunter reported Nov. 27 that the animal had been killed.

A necropsy found that it was about two years old, weighed about 100 pounds, and had been killed with buckshot.

The buckshot helped identify the gun, said Wildlife and Fisheries Maj. Sammy Martin. He said work the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory in Alexandria and the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office and statements taken during the three-month investigation helped state and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents get a warrant for Sayer's arrest.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.

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