File photo of a Louisiana black bear-Courtesy: WBRZ
AVOYELLES PARISH, La. - State wildlife authorities offer up a reward for leads that could help them find out who illegally killed a black bear found in Avoyelles Parish.
Someone alerted agents after finding the dead black bear in the woods a couple of miles south of the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area on Oct. 8. A necropsy revealed the bear had been shot in the head with a shotgun slug and had been dead for five or six days. Agents also found an arrow at the scene and suspect the bear had been shot with the arrow before it was shot with the slug.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Humane Society are offering a cash reward of up to $8,000 for anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Tips can be called in to the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program.
Wildlife agents remind citizens that 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 recent years, the number of interactions between hunters and bears has been on the rise. Wildlife authorities encourage hunters to carry bear spray.
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