Louisiana Man Charged With Illegal Bear Kill

LDWF, Bear Hunting Magazine

A 30-year-old Louisiana man is accused of killing a federally protected Louisiana black bear in November of 2012. He was arrested and booked this week.

The man was released on $5,000 bond. If convicted, he could be ordered to pay $10,000 restitution plus a fine of $900 to $950, and jailed for up to 120 days.

The bear's body was lying on an ATV trail northwest of Marksville, LA when a hunter reported November 27, 2012 that the animal had been killed. A necropsy found the two year-old bear was killed with buckshot and weighed about 100 pounds. The buckshot helped identify the gun that was used to shoot the bear.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.

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