Florida Offers Reward in Dead Bear Case

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators are hoping a reward up to $1,000 will prompt someone to step forward with information about who killed a large black bear Oct. 25 in the Lynne area on the edge of the Ocala National Forest.

Bear hunting is not legal in Florida. However, investigators confirmed the 350-pound male bear had been shot. The bear was found in the 14000 block of Northeast 10th Place, southeast of East Marion Elementary School.

Anyone with information may call Lt. Don McMillen on the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922 or at the regional office at (352) 732-1225.

Anyone with information about this case or any other wildlife law violation may call the hotline and remain anonymous. If the information leads to an arrest, callers may qualify for a reward.

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