$7K reward being offered for arrest in illegal black bear kills

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 2:30am

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering a reward after a pair of black bears that were illegally killed last week.

The first was shot in Avoleyelles Parish on November 27, while the second was shot in Point Coupee Parish a couple days later.

Wildlife officials say it's becoming more common for hunters to come in contact with black bears, which are on the federal endangered species list. They say bears are more active right now, because they're trying to fatten up for the winter.

Officials hope it's just an accident that those two bears were killed.

"As any hunter knows, that goes through hunter education that we teach, we always stress: identify your target before pulling the trigger,” Kenny Ribbeck, LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said. “That's extreme importance of anybody out in the field hunting."

Officials say bears run across deer hunters that use corn as bait, because the bears eat corn, too. They suggest hunters use soybeans instead, or plant a food plot.

A $6000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. RoyOMartin is contribution $1,000 of the reward money.

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 app from the Apple App Store free of charge.

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