Second La. black bear killed in a week

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Posted: Dec 5, 2012 5:12 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: pointe coupee, wildlife, officials, parish, black, bear, killed, investigation, tip, LDWF

POINTE COUPEE - Wildlife officials asked the public for help finding the people responsible for killing a black bear found in Pointe Coupee Parish.

It's the second bear shot and killed in the past week in Louisiana, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

According to an LDWF spokesperson, a hunter notified authorities they found a dead black bear in the woods between the Atchafalaya River and La. Hwy. 1 on property leased to hunters.

The bear died from a high-powered gunshot wound. LDWF estimates the bear was shot and killed late last week, between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1.

Wildlife officiails offered a reward of $7,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for killing this bear. A similar reward of $6,000 is offered for information in the killing of a black bear found in Avoyelles Parish on Nov. 27. People with information can call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program by texting "LADWF" and their tip to 847411, or download the free "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple App Store.

People can also call in bear encounters to 1-800-442-2511.

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