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Authorities hunting for bear killer

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Posted: Dec 23, 2013 4:13 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: black bear, hunter, louisiana, illegal, crime

VIDALIA- State authorities are trying to figure out who shot and killed a black bear in Concordia Parish.

The bear was found over the weekend in a wooded area of the Yancey Wildlife Management Area. A necropsy revealed the bear was probably dead for about a week.

Because of the wound, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the bear was probably shot from an elevated deer stand.

Up to $6,000 in reward money is available to people who give information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing the bear.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992 and killing one is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.

Tips about bear killings can be made to the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511.
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