Reward Offered In Bear Case

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Recent discovery of an illegally-killed Louisiana Black Bear near Lake Fausse Pointe in St. Mary Parish has prompted Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. to offer a cash reward for information leading to the apprehension of the violator. The dead bear was discovered on March 10, on the levee bank of Cotton Canal. It was a male of about four years of age. It is estimated to have been dead for no more than two weeks at the time of discovery. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Sergeant Ross Mire collected evidence at the scene and is investigating the case.

Louisiana Operation Game Thief (LOGT) offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrests of violators of state and federal wildlife regulations. The Louisiana Black Bear is on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service list of endangered species in Louisiana and is protected by state and federal regulations.

Paul Davidson, Executive Director of the Louisiana Black Bear Conservation Committee (BBCC), said the BBCC will provide funds of up to $1,000 to LOGT for payment of a reward in any black bear case in the state.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to called the LOGT toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or Captain Joe Matassa at the LDWF Region 9 Enforcement office at 985-447-0821, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Callers may remain anonymous.