Unsolved Bear Killing Prompts Call for Leads

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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72 comments

Lisa Eveland
Lisa Eveland3 years ago

how sad i hope they catch the responsible party

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege4 years ago

What a sad story again! I hope they catch the culprits and punish them in an appropriate way.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege4 years ago

What a sad story again! I hope they catch the culprits and punish them in an appropriate way.

Julia R.
Julia R.4 years ago

I hope that they get a tip that leads to this moron's arrest! But I have concerns about this statement 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." Seems to me that this act shows that they need to keep this animal on the endangered species list!

Alicia N.
Alicia N.4 years ago

sadly noted............

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thanks Jake.

Philippa P.
Philippa P.6 years ago

Lets hope the killers are found and punished appropriately.

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog6 years ago

How sad :( I hope they catch who did it...

Lyn V.
Lin V.6 years ago

How sad this is, because someone does know and just doesnt care

Marcia Mueller
Marcia Mueller6 years ago

Okay, so killing black bears in Louisiana is illegal and punishable by jail time and up to $50,000 in fines. How about actually giving the guilty person, when found, that maximum sentence? Usually people just get off with probation or some minimal jail time/fine. As long as that is the only result, the killing will go on.