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Monterey man pleads guilty in black bear death

1 year ago April 04, 2014 Apr 4, 2014 Friday, April 04 2014 Friday, April 04, 2014 9:43:42 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

VIDALIA - A Monterey man has entered a guilty plea in the killing of a 14-year-old Louisiana black bear.

Authorities said the female bear had been killed and burned. A collar that wildlife authorities had placed on the bear had been removed.

The Natchez Democrat reports that 24-year-old Duell Moreland pleaded guilty Thursday. He had turned himself in to Concordia Parish officials in November.

Judge Kathy Johnson sentenced Moreland to 60 days in the parish prison, two years of probation, a $950 fine and a $10,000 civil restitution fee Moreland will pay to the state's Black Bear Program. His lifetime hunting license was suspended for five years.

Agents began investigating after receiving a mortality signal from a black bear radio collar last fall.

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