State Takes Man's First Bear
Mark Burdzy Jr., 28 is an avid hunter and grew up hunting and loves being in the outdoors. Burdzy Jr is also a corrections officer. He had a Tuesday off from work and spent it out hunting for black bear in Royalston, Massachusetts.
Burdzy Jr was stoked when he shot a black bear. He took it to his father's Burdzy Sr's house to dress it, in Royalston. Burdzy Jr said he took it to his father's whole because he did not want to attract coyotes to the area by the tree stand, and he didn't want to ruin the bear's hide since he planned to have it mounted. After dressing it out he took it to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife field office in West Boylston to have it tagged.
The Environmental Police called and left a message to talk to him, then showed up at his house. They accused Burdzy Jr of shooting the bear illegally on the Sunday before, but Burdzy Jr was at work that Sunday. Then the police said Burdzy's father had shot it. Burdzy Jr said his father was physically unable to shoot a gun at the time. The Environmental Police asked where the gut pile was from the bear. Burdzy Sr said it was at his house, and that he had later moved it to his work location for disposal.
Burdzy Jr then got a call from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, telling him the Environmental Police had seized his bear and he may not get it back. Burdzy Jr had to hire a lawyer to find out anything about the bear. The lawyer found out that a gut pile and bait station was found two miles from where Burdzy Jr shot his bear. It is illegal to bait bears for hunting in Massachusetts.
All the enjoyment of Burdzy's first bear is gone, all he wants is the bear back. He says he is telling the truth, as a corrections officer he would have a lot to lose if he broke the law. “This has gone from being the best experience of my hunting career to the worst,” he said.
Since then, Mr. Burdzy Jr. said, he has not heard from the Environmental Police and has hired two lawyers to help him with the case. He said the police have been shown photos of the bear taken in the wild by tree cameras, but they still are not satisfied. From BusinessTelegram.com.