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Reward Offered in Bear Cub Killing in National Park

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a black bear cub in Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Va. 

The Case: 

According to the National Park Service, on Nov. 18 at about 8:30 a.m., a clean-up crew working along the boundary between Prince William Forest Park and Quantico Marine Corps base found a yearling black bear's remains in a trash bag.  

It is unknown where the bear was killed. Hunting is illegal within the park.  

“The appalling killing of a black bear cub reflects the callous disregard that poachers have for wildlife protection laws,” said Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for The HSUS. “We applaud the rangers with the National Park Service for their investigation of this serious crime.” 

"As a unit of the National Park Service, Prince William Forest Park takes very seriously its responsibilities as laid out in the Organic Act of 1916, which created the Agency,” said Vidal Martinez, Superintendent of Prince William Forest Park. “We are charged with protecting the wildlife within our boundaries and we will continue to work with the public to do so." 


  • 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 poachers are caught.
  • Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.
  • 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 should contact the 24-hour park ranger line at 866-667-6677. 

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


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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. 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 1993 the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, alone or in partnership with other conservation groups, has participated in the protection of more than 1.8 million acres of wildlife habitat in 38 states, and eight foreign countries. On all properties owned by the Trust or protected by the Trust's conservation easement, both here and abroad, we prohibit recreational and commercial hunting and trapping and restrict logging and development. The Trust's commitment to these principles will never change as we continue to assist caring landowners to make their property permanent, safe homes for wildlife. Join our online community at wildlifelandtrust.org 

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