Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in Avoyelles Parish.
A citizen alerted authorities on Oct. 8 about a dead black bear laying in the woods a couple of miles south of the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area. The bear was collected and sent in for a necropsy.
The necropsy revealed the bear was probably dead for about five to six days and that it was shot with a shotgun slug in the head. Agents also collected an arrow by where the bear was found dead and believe the bear may have been shot with the arrow before being shot with the slug.
A cash reward from The Humane Society and LDWF totaling up to $8,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction for this illegal killing of a black bear.
Anyone with information regarding this illegal bear killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.
The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day. Tipsters can also remain anonymous.
The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992. Citizens are reminded that 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 addition, a restitution fine of $10,000 for the bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.
With the number of bear and hunter interactions on the rise within the last couple of years, LDWF encourages hunters to carry bear spray.