The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public’s help to determine who killed a young female black bear found in the Apalachicola National Forest on Dec. 14.
FWC Investigator Lt. Scott Runkle said the 108-pound bear was apparently killed elsewhere, then dumped on a woods road east of Springhill Road near Fisher Creek in southern Leon County. The general location where the small bear was found is referred to as Hellen Guard.
Killing a black bear is a felony under Florida law and punishable by a maximum of a $1,000 fine and one year imprisonment.
Runkle said anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the person or people who killed the bear is eligible for a reward under the Wildlife Alert Reward Program. The rewards range up to $1,000, and callers can remain anonymous.
The Wildlife Alert number is 888-404-3922.
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