December 5, 2012
Reward Offered for Information about Threatened Louisiana Black Bear Killing
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 shooting a black bear in Avoyelles Parish, La., in late November. The offer adds to an existing reward of $6,000 from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, on Nov. 27, a hunter alerted authorities to a dead black bear laying on an all-terrain vehicle trail on Avoyelles Parish School Board property located 20 miles northwest of Marksville. State and federal authorities found a dead black bear, approximately two-years-old and weighing 100 pounds, who had apparently been killed by gunshot.
“This is a serious crime and we implore anyone with information to come forward,” said Julia Breaux, Louisiana state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their diligent efforts to find those responsible for this serious crime.”
Black bears are a threatened species in Louisiana and protected by state and federal law.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple App Store free of charge.
- Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
- It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of 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 HSUS and HSWLT work to stop poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.
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