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September 27, 2010

Reward Offered in Bear Poaching in North Cascades National Park in Washington

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing two black bears off of Highway 20 in North Cascades National Park.  

The Case:

According to the National Park Service, on Aug. 28, hikers on the Maple Pass Loop trail near Washington Pass observed two male adults and two male adolescents posing for pictures with two bears they had killed. One of the dead bears was later discovered with gunshot wounds by park rangers in the area. Hunting is prohibited within the park’s boundaries.

“Tips from the public can play an incredibly important role in solving poaching cases, and we implore anyone with information about this incident to come forward,” said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the National Park Service for their investigation of this crime.”

Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals are caught by law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call North Cascade National Park Dispatch at 360-854-7249. Callers may remain anonymous.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.

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