Two incidents reported in the past three weeks
Lafayette, LA (KADN) — Within the past three weeks Wildlife and Fisheries has been busy in ongoing investigations into two different cases of black bear deaths. On November 27 a black bear was reported dead by a hunter on private property in Avoyelles Parish, and on December 3 another report of a black bear death came from Pointe Coupee also by a hunter on private property. Both incidents have been determined the bears were killed by pochers in crimes of opportunity.
"Louisiana black bears were placed on the endangered species list back in 1992 and their listed as threatened so there is no current season on bear in Louisiana," says Maria Davidson, Large Carnivor Program Manager.
"Remind people that there is rewards for this. It is a crime, so anything anybody will give us would be great," says Lt. Donald Salpietra, Enforcement Division of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The rewards for any information leading up to these arrests are $6,000 to $7,000 in each case. The sentence of killing a black bear in Louisiana can be up to $25,000 in fines and $10,000 in replacement of the bear in civil restitution. Agencies however are in the process of bear recovery, collecting data in order to present all information to the Wildlife and Fisheries that has been recovered. Once that happens, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be the primary agency that controls bear management and we will have legal harvest at that time. If you have any information on either incident you are asked to call 1-800-442-2511. Your tip will remain anonymous.