A black bear was found dead near Epps, Louisiana. The cause of death was determined to be a rifle bullet. Black bears in Louisiana are protected by the Endangered Species Act. Killing them is illegal and punishable with jail time and fines up to $50,000 dollars. Epps is in the northeastern corner of the state.The reward for information leading to the bear’s killer is $5,000. Members of the public are encouraged to contact authorities if they have any information about the incident. They can call:
Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. at 1-800-442-2511.
Large carnivore program manager Maria Davidson said of the situation, “The department is working to remove the Louisiana black bear from the Endangered Species List. The loss of these animals is regrettable and our enforcement division is working aggressively to locate the poacher responsible for this crime.”
You never know what kind of tip could lead to the killer’s arrest. In this era of the Web, there are many potential sources. In this case, everyday citizens can play a critical role in helping protect bears by assisting law enforcement.
The Louisiana Black Bear is the official state mammal. It is one of 16 subspecies of American Black Bears. It’s conservation status in Louisiana is threatened. A local conservation organization, the Black Bear Conservation Coalition, is working to rejuvenate the bear population in the region.
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