Reward Increased in Crestview Bear Shooting

By: FWC Press Release
By: FWC Press Release

FWC Press Release - Wildlife authorities are hoping a larger reward will lead them to whoever shot and killed a large black bear last Friday on the grounds of the closed Shoal River Golf Course at Crestview.

Florida’s Wildlife Alert Reward Association is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. Now, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Land Trust have stepped forward, offering an additional $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the killing.

A resident at 306 Shoal River Drive reported hearing a single gunshot on Feb. 11 at about 4:30 a.m. across from his home. It was a place where the homeowner has been feeding deer for some time. Responding officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) found a dead, 200-pound male bear. The bear had been shot, apparently with a rifle.

The bear was the same one FWC biologists moved Nov. 18 from Fort Walton Beach to Eglin Air Force Base, after it had been shot and wounded by a homeowner. The homeowner, who wasn’t charged, feared the bear was about to attack his dog.

“Someone knows who did this, and we’re asking that they step forward and help us solve this,” said Lt. Mark Hollinhead, FWC supervisor
for Okaloosa and north Walton counties. Hollinhead said anyone with information should call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.

Callers can remain anonymous.

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  • by Tom Location: Apopka on Mar 29, 2011 at 11:38 PM
    There are too many bears around - they should be euthanized when caught, rather than relocated.
  • by nOLE on Feb 18, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    first WHY WOULD this bear get shot at THAT time of the morn and were it was. Not at a trash can. Or eating a kid at that time. SO there is something kinky going on. Get a life you redneck jerks. Hey, heres a thought,WHICH ONE OF YOU DID IT?
  • by sammy on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    The responsible party here is none other than the united states forestry service,these bears have always been around in the national forrest just not this many in numbers.Control burning and poisioned oak trees has destroyed a majorty of the bears food source such as acorns ,low brush acorns, palmetto berries,gall berries,these burns have also destroyed fallen tree logs where these bears would find incects,grubs and such .These bears have plenty of space to live ,there is over a half a million acres of national forest in our surounding counties.These bears have been burned out forcing them to find food and whats as easy as stealing it form a trash can
  • by yep Location: tally on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    I wonder if the gall blader was removed? @ sammy: Why did you throw in child molesters and sexual predators into the same category as bears? One is human the other is a bear. I get your point but stay on topic. I'm just waiting for someone to blame Gov. Scott on this dead bear.
  • by jimmy Location: p.c. on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    you got to luv the drunk with a gun.
  • by sammy Location: tall on Feb 17, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    you would turn them in becouse you are bored and have nothing else to do except worry about one of these stinking,nuisance animals,instead of using your time more wisely like trying to help one of your own kind of species .I live in an area where there a lot of bears and by my count we have just as many child molesters and sexual predators as we do bears, but I guess we should let them have just as much freedom to prowl,plunder and other wise destroy a community and see how that turns out for us
  • by trash Location: Fl on Feb 17, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    Good, one less I have to worry about knocking over my trash can.
  • by Carrabelle Born on Feb 17, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    Come on FWC! We need a Bear Season again! I reckon it's going to take a small child being attacked and taken away before ya'll do this!!!!
  • by turn him in on Feb 17, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    If I knew who did it I would turn them in, this is ridiculous. C'mon Wakulla rednecks, bring it on...
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