POSTED: Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 5:04am
Pointe Coupee Parish, La — Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officials are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in Pointe Coupee Parish.
A hunter alerted authorities on Dec. 3 about a dead black bear lying in the woods between the Atchafalaya River and Louisiana Hwy. 1 on property owned by Roy O'Martin. Roy O'Martin leases this part of their land for hunters.
Officials found an adult female black bear weighing about 225 pounds dead from an apparent high powered rifle gunshot wound. LDWF is estimating that the bear was shot and killed late last week between November 28 and December 1.
A cash reward totaling up to $7,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction for this illegal killing of a black bear. Roy O'Martin is contributing $1,000 of the $7,000 total reward.
This is the second bear in a week that was found shot to death. Officials found a dead black bear in Avoyelles Parish on Nov. 27. A $6,000 reward is being offered for help in that case.
“Roy O'Martin is in full support of black bear conservation in Louisiana and want to see the person who committed this crime held responsible,” said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF’s Enforcement Division. “The department is aggressively working to delist the bear and make a legal hunting season for them, but each illegal killing adds time to when that could happen.”
Anyone with information regarding this illegal bear killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple App Store free of charge.
The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day. Tipsters can also remain anonymous.