March 1, 2012
Reward Offered for Bear Killing in Scott County, Tenn.
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 arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a black bear in Scott County, Tenn. The HSUS and HSWLT reward adds to an existing $500 from the National Park Service.
According to the National Park Service, a female adult bear was found dead in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on Thanksgiving Day. It is believed that the bear was the mother of two cubs who would likely not survive without their mother.
“Whoever is responsible for this illegal killing took the life of one bear and likely left two orphaned cubs to die a slow death,” said Leighann McCollum, the Tennessee state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the National Park Service for their efforts to find those responsible for this tragic crime.”
Bear hunting is illegal within the recreation area and on surrounding lands.
• Wildlife officials estimate that tens of millions of animals are poached each year.
• It is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poached animals are discovered 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.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Big South Fork NRRA at (423) 569-9778 or use their tip line number at (423) 569-2404, extension 505.
The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.
The HSUS Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, firstname.lastname@example.org