Reward Offered for Information on Black Bear in Louisiana

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Louisiana Operation Game Thief (LOGT), the Black Bear Conservation Committee (BBCC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering up to $7,000 in rewards for information leading to the apprehension of a violator that killed a Louisiana black bear near Muscle Lake in Avoyelles Parish.

The dead bear was discovered on Sept. 1 on the School Board Tract. It was a female bear that was a part of the ongoing black bear relocation project. She was moved in 2005 from Madison Parish to Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area with four of her cubs.

This bear has been tracked extensively up until her death. Her radio collar sent off an inactive signal upon her death, and Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) Biologist Manager Maria Davidson and LDWF Biologist Supervisor Jonathan Bordelon followed the signal to her body.

"T4's death is a tremendous loss to the relocation project and a shameful example of human behavior. Somebody using this piece of public property obviously chose to kill her just because they could," said Davidson.

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.

Anyone with information in the case may place an anonymous call to the LOGT toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or Capt. Peter Oliver at the LDWF Region 3 Enforcement office at 318-487-5634, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

LDWF Enforcement agents collected evidence at the scene and are investigating the case. For more information, contact Maria Davidson at 225-765-2385 or [email protected], or Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2985 or [email protected].