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January 16, 2009

Reward Offered for Poaching of Fla. Black Bear Cub

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States and The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a black bear in Taylor County, Fla., in late December. The HSUS and Wildlife Land Trust offer is in addition to another reward of $1,000.

The Case:

According to published news reports, a 70-pound black bear cub was found dead on Dec. 28. The black bear cub had been shot once and dumped on Donaldson Bridge Road in the Shady Grove area of Taylor County. 

"The poaching of a threatened black bear showcases the callous nature of poachers and their often flippant participation in a serious crime," said Jennifer Hobgood, The HSUS' Florida state director. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for strongly enforcing anti-poaching laws."

Black bears are a threatened species in Florida. Killing them is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $5,000. 

Poaching:

Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poachers are caught. Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-3922.

The HSUS works to stop wildlife abuse across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/wildlifeabuse for more information.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

Since its founding in 1993, the Wildlife Land Trust has worked with private landowners to create 99 permanent wildlife sanctuaries where recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited. In addition, the Wildlife Land Trust works in collaboration with a variety of partners to protect many other vulnerable lands to benefit wildlife. Proud of its affiliation with The Humane Society of the United States, the Wildlife Land Trust joins in campaigns to protect wildlife from cruel and indefensible practices such as poaching, steel-jawed leghold traps, Internet hunting and canned shoots.  

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